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Ioma school gets learning material 

2021-12-02  Staff Reporter

Ioma school gets learning material 
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Priscilla Mukokobi 

KATIMA MULILO – Many rural schools in the Zambezi region are still faced with several challenges when it comes to teaching and learning, and the Ioma Combined School in the Katima Rural constituency is no exception. 

These challenges range from lack of learning materials like textbooks, exercise books and internet connection.

However, some of these challenges are now something of the past after FNB Namibia donated learning and teaching material worth N$100 000 last week. The donation was acquired through First Rand Namibia Foundation, with the help of school patron and Unam vice chancellor, professor Kenneth Matengu. 

The donated materials include two copy machines, a printer, eight laptops and sports gear for both netball and football. 

Speaking at the handover ceremony, FNB Katima branch manager Reagan Kwala stated their aim is to build a world where every individual can grow and contribute solutions by giving back to the community. 

He added that it is therefore important to make efforts to close the gap between rural schools and developed schools, in order to ensure equal and sustainable education.  “Every learner and student has the right to thrive, and it is our duty as a community village to ensure that happens,” said Kwala.

On his part, Matengu said the donation will go a long way in ensuring that quality education takes place at the school. “The donated laptops will be stored in each class, and each class will have a projector and a projection screen in the form of a smartboard.

“We are going to replace the chalkboard,” he said.  Matengu then urged teachers and parents to ensure all the materials are put to good use.  “We also considered the sport kits as well for those who are talented in sports or athletics to develop themselves,” he said. 

Matengu, who hails from the area, noted that he came from a poor background, but made sure to take education seriously.  “Never use your parents’ economic situation as an excuse for not doing well at school. Use this opportunity to work hard,” he advised.

2021-12-02  Staff Reporter

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