In a media statement issued Tuesday Debemarine Senior Financial Manager, Willy Mertens, at the handing over said the company’s aim is to deliver lasting benefit by turning diamonds dreams into reality by assisting and supporting the government through social and economic development.
“Debmarine Namibia is an ardent believer in the importance of investing in education, the investment supports the call from government to private sectors to partner with the education ministry through the ‘Friends of Education’ initiative,” said Mertens.
Accepting the donation, the school principal Tezee Katjiuanjo said government alone cannot provide all services and needs of education system, therefore concerted effort from private sector stakeholders are greatly valued.
The Gobabis Project school commenced operations in 2012 with 760 children and teaching undertaken in tents. Currently the school has 1418 children and 46 teachers.
The school offers three language stream curriculums, Khoekhoegowab, English and Otjiherero with elementary Agriculture as the main pre-vocational subject at senior level.
It caters learners whose families live below the breadline and runs a feeding programme to supplement the household diet of those who have little or nothing to eat during and after school.
The school is the only project academy in the region that provides equitable access to school to the mostly marginalised and economically disadvantaged children most of whom are from the San community and low-income households mostly headed by farm workers.