20 July 2010

Namibia: Omusati School Wins History Event

Windhoek — The National School Clubs and Museums Exhibition Competition (SCAMX 2010) organised by the Museums Association of Namibia, recently took place in Lüderitz.

A total of 28 school history clubs were selected from all the applicants to take part in the finals.

Each school received a grant (sponsored by the AACRLS project funded jointly by the German and Namibian Governments) to research an aspect of the history and culture of their region.

All thirteen regions in the country were represented and the event was hosted by Lüderitz Secondary School.

The competition is now in its seventh year and Stella Imalwa, Chairperson of the Museums Association, noted that there had been a steady improvement in both the number of schools wishing to participate in the competition and the quality of the displays produced.

Whilst last year two schools from Karas Region took the first and second prizes, this year it was Omusati Region's turn to shine.

Negumbo Senior Secondary School won the first prize - a trip to Cape Town to participate in the Spring School organised by the Robben Island Museum in September.

The theme of their exhibition was 'The Clay Pot Industry (Onzimbogo)'.

Otjikoto Senior Secondary School from Tsumeb in Oshikoto Region was the runner-up this year, with their exhibition entitled 'Grandmother of the Namibia Nation', which documented the life of Meekulu Helvi Mpingana Kondombolo, the mother of the Founding Father, Dr Sam Nujoma.

Ruacana High School took third place for their exhibition on 'The Old Mining Site at Ombuumuu Village', describing a site used to quarry the ochre used by ovaHimba communities. They won a tour of the Twyfelfontein World Heritage Site sponsored by the National Heritage Council and an overnight stay in Twyfelfontein Lodge, sponsored by Namibia Country Lodges.

The standard of the displays was so good that MAN wanted to acknowledge the work done by all the participating history clubs.

Each history club received a bundle of books from Namvula Ankama of Macmillan Education Namibia.

Ankama said she was impressed with the size and the quality of the work done and that she hoped Macmillan Education Namibia would be able to continue to be a partner in future endeavours.

Every learner who participated also received a certificate of achievement (sponsored by Seaflower and Seascope Freezer (Pty) Ltd).

Dr Akawa awarded a special book prize to Okashandja Combined School from Oshana Region on behalf of the National Archives of Namibia in recognition of the oral history research that the history club had conducted in their exhibition on Ekango LyaMushuna, a sacred pan located on the outskirts of Oshakati.

Mr Du Toit was so impressed with the work done by the students that he offered to mount a selection of work from the participating schools in his art gallery for a three-week exhibition.

The event was officially opened by Emilia Amupewa, mayor of Lüderitz, who read a speech on behalf of Governor of the Karas Region, Dawid Boois.

The governor praised the learners for the quality of their work and the dedication of the teachers, highlighting the distances that schools such as Ngweze Secondary School and Mavuluma Secondary School had travelled in order to participate in the competition.

The learners were treated to a tour of Lüderitz that included Kolmanskop and Shark Island, sponsored by Ghost Town Tours. The learners were also treated to fish and chips (with fish sponsored by Novanam Ltd).

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