Before I stay in Urs’s tent at the Otjimuru construction site, Urs, his mom and I visit the school in Omuhonga. The expansion of this educational institution was sponsored by CONDOR in 2016 and I was able to accompany the events last year. There will be a reunion with the highly dedicated principal, Mr. Kakuwa, next to whose house I was allowed to pitch a tent last year (Omuhonga – 2016). Very smartly dressed and no less proud he presents me the innovations of the school.
One of the four new classrooms has been used by a pre-school class since the beginning of the year, another classroom will be occupied by a school class next year. At the beginning of 2018, nine grades (plus pre-school) will be taught at the school instead of just seven, as it was the case during my visit in 2016. One room is also still used as a teacher’s room and another one currently serves as a storage room. The space problem seems to be solved for the next years!
The Omuhonga School has now been certified as a full-time school by the Namibian government and will receive more grants. In practice, it means that the daily government funds are now enough for three instead of just one student’s meal. And that is exactly the main goal of the school expansion in Kaokoland. (Omuhonga as pioneer) We are all sure that the full stomachs will soon show the increased learning success. Excellent thing!
In a jovial mood, Mr. Kakuwa presents further improvements of the school. I see a new building in the school playground, which is in the final stages of completion. A donor acquired by FLY & HELP financed the construction of this library. A real luxury for a school in Kaokoland.
Another donor from Germany has given the school seven laptops which help the teachers do their work more effectively. These will be handed over by Urs today. And at this point, I can hand out the school supplies which my own primary school teachers Mrs. Knost, Mr. Gottlieb and my sisters gave to me. Many beautiful photos with happy children and an emotional headmaster are taken for the donors at home.
It seems to me that the school in Omuhonga will not be an isolated case. Other schools of the Kaokoland experienced and are still experiencing construction support by FLY & HELP as well and hopefully, will soon be able to write further success stories and be certified as full-time schools. Overjoyed, I drive to the next construction site in Otjimuru.