The FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust recently handed over new school chairs and tables worth N.dollars 100 000 to four rural schools in the Erongo Region.
The schools are Omatjete Primary School (PS), Okongue PS, Otjohorongo PS and the Otjiperongo Junior Secondary School.
A media statement issued on Tuesday by the foundation explained the donation came after a visit to the Omatjete PS, where abandoned desks and chairs in need of minor repair work were observed, prompting the FirstRand Namibia Foundation through the First National Bank (FNB) Omaruru branch to assist.
FNB Omaruru Branch Manager Jan Engelbrecht pointed out that his institution was proud to be associated with the project, noting that the simplicity of the idea and the difference a small investment in repairs could make to the school and their learners resonated with them.
“FNB Omaruru with the help of the FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust, through this project, would like to make a change to our community, to the teachers and the learners at our local schools,” he was quoted as saying in the statement.
Engelbrecht stressed that it is of utmost importance to involve the community in the solution the institution is providing, as the bigger picture goes beyond just supplying school tables and chairs.
“We are not just supplying new tables and chairs; we are asking the schools or prisons to provide the labour and be part of the solution. We’re showing our country that together we can make a difference and a change,” he noted.
Inspector of Education in the Erongo Region, Engelhardt Uirab, when addressing school board members and principals in the Omatjete Cluster, thanked FirstRand Namibia Foundation Trust for the support.
“We can only through collective efforts achieve our goal to educate and train the Namibian child and equip them to shape their future,” reads the statement.