Over the last few years, a lot has happened in the Kaokoveld in the way of significantly improving the educational situation of the region. Several new schools were built, and many more were expanded. In spite of the harsh conditions that come with the Kaokoveld region (a wide, sparsely populated expanse), the locals are coming ever closer to the goal of universal education opportunities. Apart from many other societies, funds and private helpers it is primarily „Kaokoland e.V.“ and FLY & HELP who have made, and are willing to farther make, sizeable contributions. As I have been able to visit and accompany various projects of the aforementioned organisations, I have developed an especially deep connection with the region.
The right path has been set upon, the larger goal is very ambitioned but is, of course, not attainable in a day alone. As I have kept insinuating in my previous reports, the respective schools still need various additional buildings and – mainly – many, many pieces of furniture to allow for pursuit of lectureship in a satisfactory manner. The Namibian government will only provide adequate assistance to schools once they fulfill all criteria for an all-day school (OMUHONGA LINK). The financial assistance given to non-all-day schools could as well be compared to a drop evaporating on a hot stone. What follows is a catalogue of requirements for some schools I was privileged enough to get to know:
This prime example is the first school in the area to attain all-day school certification last year. Thus, there is now enough money to feed the children three times a day, which will surely reflect in their learning success. What’s also special is that the school now has enough class rooms to run a secondary school (Grade 8&9) next to the primary school. This leads to another lack of space, though: Now Omuhonga needs a second hostel for 152 children, which needs to be furnished with 76 bunk beds as well as 152 blankets/sheets and 38 lockers (for four learners each).
This school still lacks six teacher accommodations, a kitchen and a sanitary block. In addition, it needs four classrooms, 120 desks / chairs as well as six teacher sets (teacher’s desk, chair, blackboard and a separated locker for the teacher). A hostel has already been built, but it needs furnishings. For this, they need 38 bunk beds, 76 blankets / sheets and 19 lockers.
Otjimuru is probably closest to certification. After 2 new classrooms were constructed during my stay there two months ago, they only need a kitchen to attain all-day status.
When the Hostel in Omanguete is finished in a short while, they’d of course also need the accompanying equipment for 152 children, meaning 76 bunk beds, 152 blankets / sheets and 38 4 person lockers. They are also hoping for 3 new classrooms (including 120 desk / chairs). In addition, they lack 6 teacher sets.
Should you want to donate to one of the schools for a specific purpose, you can find out the prices for the needed items below. To this end, please transfer to „Kaokoland e.V.“ (LINK), who will use 100% of your donations after consultation with the respective school on the specified purpose.
One unit desk / chair = € 77,-
One unit bunk bed with sheets / blankets = € 430,-
Teacher’s desk = € 490,-
Blackboard = € 510,-
Teacher’s locker = € 285,-
Locker = € 250,-
Should you have contacts in a larger company’s CSR department or have a „somewhat large allowance“ to dispose, and want to go straight to having a classroom built, I’d ask you to contact FLY & HELP. I’ll gladly set up the contact for you if needed.
All four institutions could, by the way, use new solar arrays and fences around their properties.