New Era (Windhoek)

28 January 2013

Namibia: DBN Finances Amazing Private School

Windhoek — In 2007, Emma Kakona, an experienced teacher, started a pre-primary and after-school care centre at her home, with the support of her husband Richard Kakona.

Their vision was to provide spiritual and academic excellence through the promotion of a Christian lifestyle, quality education and preparation of learners for the world.

Parents who recognise that quality education is paramount for the future of their children shared their vision for Amazing Kids Private School and the school began to grow.

In 2008 it enrolled 94 learners, in 2009 it enrolled 143 learners, in 2011 it enrolled 427 learners, while in 2012 it had 537 learners from pre-primary to Grade 8.

Continued demand and long waiting lists for every grade prove there is a great demand for the education the school provides.

"There is a lot of room for growth, and we are working on creating an environment that will allow us to take on more learners," said Mrs Kakona.

Due to the space limitation, the school has not been able to accommodate more pupils so the school approached the DBN for a facility to purchase land and construct a new school that will enable it to accommodate more learners, as well as also offer services to grades 9 and 10 learners. The application was approved and the building is being completed.

The new school will provide more space, bigger classes, have a library, laboratories, sports facilities, such as a swimming pool and sports field, access to new media technologies and education, as well as a chapel.

The project was not without its challenges. "We had infrastructural and financial challenges, lacked proper facilities, [had to find] ideal teachers and [suffered] resignations of teachers seeking greener pastures," said Mrs Kakona.

During the construction of phase one of the school, there were challenges in the form of high overhead costs and parents defaulting on payments to the school. However, Mrs Kakona highlights the approval by the Ministry of Education, allocation of land by the City of Windhoek, receiving DBN finance and beginning with the construction of the school as positive factors.

"To survive the challenges and to enjoy the fruits, the process of setting up a school requires hard work, focus and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that all will be overcome, which is what we did," added Mrs Kakona.

The Kakona's currently employ 32 female and 18 male teachers, an increase from 21 female and 10 male teachers in 2012.

"The DBN prides itself on supporting the objectives of the government, in this case providing opportunities for access to education, by supporting initiatives such as the Amazing Kids Private School. This is particularly important in a country with a shortage of education facilities for all learners," said DBN Acting CEO Martin Inkumbi.

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