12 November 2012

Namibia: Chinese Contractor Donates Classrooms

Karibib — The Ebenhaeser Primary School in Karibib became the proud recipients of three brand-new classrooms, thanks to the generous donation by the Chinese construction Company China Henan International Cooperation Group (Chico).

The classrooms were built for N$150 000 within three weeks, and were inaugurated on Friday, much to the delight of the learners and teachers of the school. The classrooms will provide much needed space for the school and will accommodate one Grade 5 class and two pre-primary classes starting next year. Ebenhaeser Primary School principal, Milton Steven Ya Otto, thanked the company for its generous contribution towards the school.

"It was indeed a noble task of Chico to play their part in terms of social responsibility in the community they have been operating in for years now," he said.

He added that many companies often sideline the Karibib community when it comes to assistance. "The business community is under the impression that we are well off. However, Karibib is an isolated town and funds do not reach us that often," Ya Otto said.

According to Ya Otto, Ebenhaeser Primary School has 739 learners, 24 teachers and one volunteer teacher.

"Here we strive to give our learners the best education we can, although many are facing social and economic issues, but as a school we deal with it the best we can," he added. He explained that it is evident that the teachers work hard to improve the grades of their learners.

"Our current grades have improved tremendously. Even the school dropout rate is lower than what it was the previous year and our inspector is impressed with the school's performance," he said.

Ya Otto urged more businesses to plough back into education since this will only benefit the country's economy.

Speaking through an interpreter the economic and commercial counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Namibia, Liu Runing and the managing director of Chico, Xinsheng Guo, emphasised the need for foreign companies to assist disadvantaged communities in Namibia.

"It is essential for foreign companies conducting businesses in countries such as Namibia to also play their part in terms of social responsibility," Guo said.

He said the company felt it necessary to build the three classrooms for the Karibib community since education plays a vital role in any country's development.

Counsellor Runing encouraged other businesses, especially Chinese companies to assist needy communities in order to strengthen the sound relations between China and Namibia.

The Roads Authority (RA) last year awarded a tender to the company for the rehabilitation and construction of the Ongwediva and Okandjengedi bridges. The company also participated in the rehabilitation of the Okahandja-Karibib road, which was completed earlier this year.

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