Learners from the community of Ombonde and surrounding areas will no longer have to walk long distances to access education after a community hostel was constructed at the Dr. Chief Ankama Primary School.
The hostel was constructed at a cost of N$4 million by the Ministry of Education with the purpose of accommodating learners from the area of Uupeke, Omulunga, Oponona, Ombonde as well as few children from Oshakati to stop them from walking long distances to school.
Education Inspector of Ompundja circuit Hofni Kapolo said the hostel has a capacity to accommodate 64 children.
Kapolo stated learners used to travel long distances and sometimes through flooded pans in the past.
“This prompted the ministry to pump funds into the construction of the community hostel with the aim of accommodating learners,” he said.
Kapolo also revealed that teachers at the school have taken the initiative to make bricks for the construction of new classrooms, accommodation for teachers, and ablution facilities at the school.
He stated that he was pleased to see the involvement of parents in the education of their children by providing necessities needed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
School principal, Heikky Amwele said they have taken the initiative to come together to build two more classes with the purpose of splitting Grade 4 into different classes.
“We took the initiative ourselves to make bricks for construction purposes with the aim of meeting government halfway,” he said.
Amwele noted that they need one block that can accommodate at least three classrooms as the school population continues to grow.
Currently, the school has a learner population of 250.