Windhoek — Canyon Fishing Company donated laboratory equipment and interactive visual aids to three secondary schools - in Kunene, Otjozondjupa and Oshikoto regions.
The materials, worth N$250 000, translating into about N$80 000 per school, includes experimental kits in chemistry, physics and life science/biology; modules for all the subjects; and interactive DVD experiments.
Patrick Kauta, the director of Canyon Fishing identified the beneficial schools as Cornelius Goreseb Secondary School, Okakarara Senior Secondary School, and Juuso Shikongo Senior Secondary School.
"We chose the three schools with the primary objective of turning them into nodes of excellence in the areas of maths and science," Kauta said.
Speaking at the handing over of the equipment last week in the capital, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau, said the teaching of science and technology is the backbone to industrialisation in any nation, and that Africa is in a most favourable position to tap its vast resources by harnessing its human resources capacity optimally. "Material resources are of little or no value if there is little or no technical know-how to exploit it responsibly," he said.
The minister noted that many teachers in rural areas lack the necessary equipment and tools to adequately teach science successfully, therefore equipment for multimedia interactive DVD experiments will allow teachers to demonstrate science experiments without the limitations of expensive reagents, which in turn will pave the way for innovative approaches to teaching, where both teachers and learners will challenge themselves.
"Practical experiments often demystify science and make it fun. I am confident this donation will achieve this," Eau said.
He appealed to the beneficiary schools to take care of the items and use them to the full benefit of the recipient learners.
Canyon Fishing is a fishing company based in Walvis Bay. Its social investment objective is to shift away from the traditional donation spheres, into one of partnerships to ensure there is long-term sustainability with the stakeholders it supports.