Namibia Economist (Windhoek)

Namibia: Owambo Schools' Upgrade Funded From Millennium Challenge Account

Twenty three upgraded and improved schools in Omusati, Oshana and Ohangwena were handed back to the Ministry of Education by the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia during ceremonies at Ekundu Combined School, Hahiyana Primary School and Onamukulo Combined School.

The programme of improving the infrastructure of rural schools forms part of the a larger basket of development projects funded by the US government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation to a combined value of N$243.4 million.

Vice President of the funding corporation, Mr Patrick Fine visited Namibia last week for the official event. He handed Minister of Education, Hon. Abraham Iyambo 23 brass plaques, one for each school, who subsequently presented the plaques to the respective headmasters.

"We appreciate the support from MCA Namibia and MCC in achieving Vision 2030. To the American people we say: thank you for investing in the future of our children," said Iyambo. Learners of each school showed their gratitude in the form of speeches and gifts. One Grade 8 girl speaking on behalf of her school said: "We used to attend class in tents and under the trees. Those days are over. We promise to look after our newly upgraded schools and to work hard. MCA has delivered and so do we. We shall deliver, deliver and deliver."

The colourful events with up to 1,500 people were attended by local politicians, education representatives, traditional leaders and other dignitaries, such as MCA Chairman Tom.

Fine, who is touring MCA projects in Namibia, assured the learners of his continued support: "I am very happy to personally witness these wonderful celebrations and the positive impact that MCC is making in your country."

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