In the following series of photographs I want to show you a good example of how the schooling situation in Kaokoland can be improved. Thanks to support from Scandinavia, a school was built in Ovitvambo to at least teach the local children how to read and write, and basic maths. There had been no educational facilities in the area beforehand. As the number of pupils approached 120, the school, with its 3 tiny classrooms and a makeshift outdoor area, had substantial problems with space. The classrooms also functioned as a dormroom for those kids that lived the furthest away.
Ovitvambo became one of the schools that recieved food deliveries from „Kaokofeld e.V.“
Henk van Dalen, a friend of Gisela’s and Andreas’, already visited the Kaokoland several times. One time, Henk decided to refit the school in Ovitvambo and make it a „Primary School“ (up to and including 7th grade), and he founded the „New Horizon“ foundation. You may remember that I had the privilege of acting as photographer for the inauguration of the school in Ovitvambo back in the chapter „Second week (2016 – Kaokoland)“
After the excitement about the opening had died down, I grabbed my own camera and took the following pictures …
The impact Henk has had on the teaching situation for the local kids is obvious. The local partner „Kaokoland e.V.“ and the building contractor Urs („GBC“) are the same ones that did the „Primary School“ refit in Omuhonga.