03.09.2017 13:01 Age: 168 days

Namport donates beds to Omatjete school

THE Omatjete Primary School on Monday received a donation of 120 double bunk beds with mattresses from the Namport Social Investment Fund (NSIF).

In an interview with Nampa yesterday, Namport's corporate communications manager, Tana Pesat, said the beds are worth N$75 546.

The beds will be used in the Omatjete Primary School's new hostel that was completed recently. 

Of the 330 pupils at the school, 120 are accommodated in the hostel and they sleep on mattresses.

Pesat said before the hostel was built, pupils slept in two classrooms which were converted into dormitories – one for boys and the other for girls.

She said the need for a hostel was necessitated by the long distances of up to 40 kilometres the pupils have to travel from surrounding villages on a daily basis to attend school at Omatjete.

“The pupils are currently on holiday, and they will come back to a proper sleeping area, each with a bed of their own,” she said.

Pesat, who is also the NSIF chairperson, said investing in the education of the Namibian child is fundamental to the existence of NSIF.

Namport encouraged the school management to continue investing in the lives of children with the help of businesses.

“This donation not only ensures the comfort of the pupils but according to the principal, the school will no longer have to use the platoon system as the two classrooms can now be used for their intended purpose,” said Pesat.

A platoon system organises pupils into groups or grades that take turns to use classrooms.