Through the Mobile Van Laboratory Outreach Programme, Nedbank is transforming the lives of Namibian learners and teachers in the remote parts of the country by ‘Making Education Happen’ in partnership with the Rössing Foundation and the Ministry of Education.
The Mobile Van concept was initiated to provide teaching and learning opportunities to schools without adequate or no teaching and learning resources. The overarching purpose is to coach and mentor, and where applicable, strengthen the capacity of teachers in classroom practices, subject content knowledge and material development skills. To give back to the Namibian community, Nedbank Namibia has combined the provision of convenient banking products and services to the public with the provision of scientific-based education to learners schooling in the rural areas.
The Van is equipped with the necessary instruments and material to provide much-needed educational aid in Mathematics, Science and English to rural schools across the country.
Nedbank Namibia’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Gernot de Klerk, says the bank’s long term objective is to support over 15 000 learners through this initiative. Three hundred and fifty five teachers and 5352 learners were supported through the initiative during the first period of 2016 (February – June). During this period, the initiative has also strengthened the capacity of more than 21 schools. “With the able support and knowledge of Rössing Foundation, we are planning to reach even more learners and teachers before the end of the year across all Namibian regions,” says de Klerk.
Schools that have benefitted from this initiative this year thus far include Gustav Kandjii Senior Secondary in Otjinene in the Omaheke region, Vooruitsig Combined in the Hardap region, Elia Weyulu Combined in the Ohangwena region, Oneshikuvu Primary in the Oshikoto region, and Ombuumbuu Combined in the Omusati region, just to mention a few.