THE man, affectionately known to thousands of Namibians as ‘Meester’, Martin Shipanga, who throughout his life worked tirelessly to lay the foundations on which the Namibian education system was built, passed away at the age of 88 while at his home in Windhoek over the weekend.
In a special message, President Hage Geingob extended his sincere commiserations to the Shipanga family following the loss of their father and uncle.
President Geingob said the man known as Meester not only played a big role in his own education but also helped to shape the future of education for generations of Namibians.
Besides the President, other prominent personalities in Namibian society such as Professor Peter Katjavivi, Moses Tjidendero, Doctor Libertine Amathila and many more had the privilege of studying under the hands of the old schoolmaster.
“His legacy will live on especially with those people who had the privilege to be his students,” Dr. Geingob said.
A spokesperson for the Shipanga family, Martin Kaali Shipanga, said an ambulance was summoned to the late Shipanga’s residence on Sunday but added that nothing could be done to revive the elderly grandfather.
The late Shipanga is survived by his wife and four daughters.
The family spokesperson indicated that arrangements for a memorial and the funeral service has commenced and the times and dates will be communicated in due course.