New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Second Vision School to Open in Ohangwena

Divundu — The country's second largest region, Ohangwena, is set to become the second recipient of a vision school, the ministry's Under-Secretary of Formal Education, Charles Kabajani said on Wednesday during the induction and orientation programme for all staff members of the newly built Divundu Vision School.

"As to when the actual construction will commence, I do not know at this point, but I can confirm that the next vision school will be in the Ohangwena Region. Once matters such as documentation are sorted out this year or next year, then only can we talk about the construction," said Kabajani.

The idea for the construction of vision schools was recommended in the 1999 Presidential Commission Report on Education, Culture and Training during former president, Sam Nujoma's tenure. At the time, it was recommended that government should build "schools of excellence in all regions."

"Government borrowed close to N$130 million under the Education and Training Sector Improvement Programme(ETSIP) in 2006, of which N$107 million was used for the construction of the school," he said. Kabajani is hopeful that the induction and orientation programme will guarantee success at the school.

"The school is unique because it was developed according to the national and international characteristics of top-performing schools. I want this school to emulate top-performing schools such as St. Boniface College, Oshigambo High School and Negumbo Senior Secondary School. Products from this school should be able to ariculate government strategies in terms of Vision 2030," he said.

The Divundu Vision School will have the first-intake drawn from all 13 regions. "The mixture of culture will enhance nationhood and pride amongst these learners, therefore we brought them together regardless of the background, society or environment they come from," said Kabajani.

Kabajani alluded to the fact that the school will not only focus on academics, but also on social aspects, adding that such aspects will assist the learners to integrate successfully into society. "Learners should take pride in being at this prestigous school, therefore they must strive to make it the best performing school in the country," said the under-secretary.

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