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Children counselled after suicide of a young girl

Children counselled after suicide of a young girl

Niël Terblanché
AN extensive programme to assist children of the Namib High School in Swakopmund with trauma counselling has been launched after a 16-year-old girl, also a learner at the school, committed suicide on the premises of another school on Sunday.
According to the Director of Education in the Erongo Region, Ernfriede Stephanus, a special team of officials and social workers have been deployed at the school to calm the situation down.
“It is a tragic situation that we need to deal with urgently to help the children find solace and to calm them down. The ministry does have a special programme in place to deal with these kinds of tragedies and currently the close friends of the girl that committed suicide, are receiving special counselling,” Stephanus said.
She indicated that all the learners at the school will receive some form of counselling and that motivational talks will also be held with the entire school during the course of the week.
According to Deputy Commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, the Erongo Regional Crime Investigations Coordinator, the body of the 16-year-old girl was discovered by two smaller children on Sunday
“The two younger children made the horrifying discovery when they went to play on the swings at the Namib Primary School in Swakopmund. They found the body of the victim hanging from frame of the swings.”
Deputy Commissioner Iikuyu said the horrified children informed their parents about their discovery. The parents in turn informed the police.
“The 16-year-old girl was identified as Kaiyongua Venomambo, a Grade 11 student at Namib High School. A suicide note was found on her person and at the moment no foul play is suspected.”
According to the Mrs. Stephanus, the young girl lived with her aunt to attend school in Swakopmund.

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