THE Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture today received a donation of 50,000 school bags from the Ambassador of China to Namibia through the First Lady of Namibia’s One Economy Foundation project.
The donation ceremony, which took place at the Tobias Hainyeko Primary School today, was received by the Deputy Minister of Education, Ester Anna Nghipondoka, who applauded the China Foundation for the Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) for also donating 10 000 school bags through the Panda pack program last year.
She said that the bags will go a long way in assisting the ministry in prolonging the usage of textbooks.
“The school bags which you have been donated to our learners will go a long way in assisting the ministry of education, arts and culture to prolong the utilisation span of textbooks. Our textbooks policy stipulates that books should be used for a period of five years, this ,however, has not been the case as on average , textbooks utilisation span ranges from 1 to 3 years and this is due to wear and tear of textbooks amongst other reasons,” said Ngipondoka.
She added that such usage of ministry textbooks has compromised the quality of education and caused the ministry to budget more for the provision of textbooks.
Ambassador of China to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, said that the donation is one of five donations that will be made in five region during the 2019 calendar year.
“Funded entirely by the ordinary Chinese people, the panda pack project in Namibia dedicates itself to convey Chinese people’s kindness, to encourage people to people connectivity and to deepen the friendship between China and Namibia,” said the Ambassador.