New Era (Windhoek)

13 February 2013

Namibia: Teya Invests in Kavango Schools

Rundu — Teya Investments No 20 CC has donated N$20 000 to the Rundu Secondary School and Sauyemwa Junior Combined School last Friday, with each school receiving N$10 000.

Teya Investments, is headquartered in Windhoek, is involved in import and export activities, trading, construction, as well as the fisheries sector. About 10 of the company's 13 shareholders are former learners of the Rundu Secondary School.

"Despite the endorsement of free education, government's resources will never be adequate when it comes to education. Members of the private sector should contribute whatever they can for the cause of education," said Sikongo Haihambo one of the directors.

Haihambo urged the learners to remain disciplined, saying "this will make it easier for others to guide you." Rundu Secondary School has a learner population of 1147, while Sauyemwa Junior Combined School has 1866 learners.

The Governor of the Kavango Region, Maurus Nekaro, lauded the company for the donation and used the platform to warn learners about the dangers of teenage pregnancies prevalent in the region.

"I urge you to refrain from sugar daddies, because you might end up falling pregnant and then drop out of school to give birth. This will restrict you to a life of poverty. First complete your school and then you can think of giving birth. We must learn to do things in the correct order," he said.

Nekaro said the high teenage pregnancy rate in the region contributes directly to the high incidence of malnutrition, because young mothers either leave their newborn babies with their grandparents because they are ashamed to be seen with the babies and in most cases have no money to look after the small children.

"We are aware as government that we are faced with immense social problems, and that is one of the reasons why we have state grants for the poor. I urge those in need to make use of these programmes," he said.

Accepting the donation on behalf of the Rundu Secondary School principal Lorraine Kruse thanked the company and assured them that the money will be used for the betterment of the school.

Joseph Shininge, principal of Sauyemwa Junior Combined School said his school is situated in a settlement that is home to some of the most impoverished people, adding that these people look forward to sending their children to school in spite of the economic hardships they face.

"Our school is one of the largest schools in terms of numbers in the region. We have not had less than 1000 learners per annum over the past 10 years," he said. This year the school enrolled 572 Grade 1 learners.

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