Namibia: Tsintsabis School Feeding Programme Lauded

THE Tsintsabis Combined School's feeding programme has received resounding support from stakeholders since its implementation in 2004, acting principal Christalina Narubes has said.

Narubes, in an interview with Nampa at the school over the weekend applauded members of the community for volunteering to prepare the meals for the children.

She also acknowledged the contributions of the government and corporate organisations to the feeding programme.

The acting principal explained that the government contributes maize meal to the school, while Namibia Free Caterers/Tulipamwe

donates a weekly consignment of vegetables and Tsumeb-based Dundee Precious Metals donates a monthly food voucher worth N$800.

"Last year we were fortunate to receive a donation of one tonne of fish from a fishing company at the coast and we have been preparing this high protein diet for our children," Narubes stated.

She added that the feeding programme encourages children from the marginalised San community to attend school.

The school also produces its own food through aquaculture and gardening, which produces maize, spinach, tomatoes, beans, onions and carrots.

In addition to helping prepare the meals, members of the community volunteer their labour in the school's aquaculture and gardening

projects.

"Our fish farming produces enough fish for the feeding programme and to sell to the local community, which helps to generate revenue for the maintenance of the project," Narubes said, adding that the school implemented the two projects so that it does not rely solely on handouts. She explained that only 86 pupils who are accommodated in the school hostel, are not catered for by the feeding programme.

"They (hostel pupils) cannot benefit twice, as they receive food in the hostel," Narubes said.

Situated in the Oshikoto region's Guinas constituency 62 kilometres north of Tsumeb, Tsintsabis Combined School has over 795 pupils from pre-grade level to Grade 9, and 25 teachers.

It was established in the military barracks of the colonial apartheid regime by current Guinas constituency councillor Betty Kaula in 1993.

At that time, it catered for 135 San children.

- Nampa

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