Ongwediva — Professor Fillemon Amaambo said the states of schools could be a reflection of society.
While receiving a cheque donation from Koneka Social Club, which will go towards the completion of the access road to Oniipa Primary School, Professor Amaambo said Namibian schools are faced with various challenges, which require a collective effort to overcome.
Amaambo, who is a medical specialist and the chairman of the University of Namibia Council was receiving the cheque in his capacity as the patron of Oniipa Primary School.
"Many schools are faced by challenges and as someone from the health sector, one is well aware of the substandard sanitation facilities for the children. We should all take up these challenges, because they reflect on our society. They reflect on us," observed Professor Amaambo. Amaambo said the donation of N$7 500 received from Koneka Social Club will be used for the completion of the N$18 700 stretch of gravel access road to the Oniipa Primary School.
During the rainy season, Oniipa Primary School can hardly be accessed and the school had to be closed down due to flooding in the past. "Children were denied education while others would carry on with their studies - it is very painful. At times, teachers would park their cars at least 500m away from school, at their own risk, which is a worrying scene. No school should remain without a link to a main road," said Amaambo.
Tomas Koneka Iindji, chairman of Koneka Social Club who handed over the cheque said his club decided to donate money to the Oniipa Primary School, after it was approached by Prof. Amaambo. Iindji said the Koneka Social Club is a non-profit organisation that was established by a group of youths in the late 1990s with the aim to offer humanitarian assistance to disadvantaged and underprivileged members of society.
The club relies on the monthly contributions of its members. "We are delighted by the humble recognition of Professor Amaambo .... As a patron, he realised that it is not his responsibility alone to solve all the problems at the school he was entrusted to assist and serve as a patron, thus he approached us to assist where we can," said Iindji.
Apart from the N$7 500 donated by the Koneka Social Club, a number of well-wishers, including Amaambo himself donated a total of N$11 100 for the project.