Beauty pageant with a purpose

The first ever Miss !Nara Primary School will see 13 girls competing for the crown.

07 July 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Veneza Memory Rheeder; Teacher; “… we bought cement, paint, bricks and basic building material to kick start the seating area for our children.”

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw

!Nara Primary School based in Tutaleni, Walvis Bay, is undertaking a number of fundraising initiatives to develop infrastructure at the school, one of which is the first ever Miss !Nara Primary beauty pageant slated for 19 July at the Kuisebmond Community Hall.

Guest performers include last year’s NAMA Artist of the Year Kalux, as well as Hip-Hop artist D-Jay.

The main objectives for the fundraising is to build a netball court at the school as well as seating areas for the learners.

“The fundraising started two weeks ago when we sold braai plates and hosted a civvies day where we made a whopping N$9 000,” says project coordinator Ms Veneza Memory Rheeder.

“With this money we bought cement, paint, bricks and basic building material to kick start the seating area for our children.”

She adds that the pageant will be the biggest fundraising project for the second trimester of the school year. The girls participating are advocating for self-identity despite the poverty stricken circumstances the majority of the learners find themselves in.

“We have about 450 children registered as orphans and vulnerable children at our school. Currently, we have about 600 learners we feed every day as part of our feeding scheme. We rely heavily on sponsors. At the moment Etosha Fishing provides us with 50 litres of sardines, the local Community Church donates bread and the Playtime Group provides transport for the bread. During break these children have to sit in the sand to eat their meals.”

Government has assisted the school in building classrooms, as well as an administration block.

“Also, the Japanese embassy built five classrooms, and an additional 12 classrooms were built through fundraising over the years and thanks to parent contributions, raffles, big walks and private donors. Erongo Marine assisted us with N$50 000 which we also built a classroom with. The Namibian Ports Authority built a playground but due to the remoteness of the school, it was an easy target for vandals and as a result we had to dissemble it.”

Rheeder called on stakeholders in education to come on board and assist the school.

“Dunlop assisted us with tyres, but we need more, while Benguela Fishing donated 40 cable spools. We are excited with the progress thus far and we’re hoping that the entire Walvis Bay community will support us to help cater for the holistic wellbeing of our learners.”

The school was established in 2011 with 400 learners and has grown to 1 660 learners. The learners of !Nara Primary are involved in a number of extra mural activities which include soccer, chess, cricket, the science fair, school choir, netball and cultural groups.

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