Mondesa Youth Opportunities hosts award ceremony

An after school programme has acknowledged its best students.

03 December 2018 | Education

Diana Hamalwa, Namib High School

A colourful wave of learners attended the annual Mondesa Youth Opportunities (MYO) prize-giving and Music Showcase with their parents.

It was held at Coastal High’s school hall. This event recognises the learners that are particularly outstanding in their respective grades.

MYO is an after school programme which selects learners from all primary schools in their grade 4 year. These learners receive lunch and lessons every school day from 14:00 until 17:00. The learners receive lessons in Maths, English, Computers, Reading, Life Skills, Music and Sports. Reading is a subject at MYO because they believe that readers are tomorrow’s leaders.

The event started with welcoming remarks from Mrs Oosthuizen and then the Music Showcase commenced. The learners entertained the parents by playing recorders, marimbas and djembe drums. These learners acquired their musical skills from MYO. Mr Jerome Cloete charmed the audience with classical pieces performed by his recorder players, while Mr Joel Nambuli made the audience sing along to African rhythm.

At MYO they keep track of their learners’ performance, attitude and participation; based on these criteria they chose their subject awards. Not everyone can be top of their class, so this year they had a Diligence Award. In grade 4 Donjeana Dennis was the recipient of this award as well as Tangeni Ingashipua (grade 5), Goodwill Mbaukua (grade 6), Paulus Ndara (grade 7) and Nchindo Amupolo in grade 8. Since Music is a subject at MYO it was only fair to award the best learner in their respective music classes. Mr Joel awarded Venaune Muruko while Mr Jerome handed over a prize to Alwine Noabes.

MYO received volunteers from Germany and this year Mr Jannis Herling and Ms Pia Mauritz assisted at MYO. This year MYO also received a Namibian volunteer, Mr Melty Shikongo. Mr Jannis, the sports teacher, handed the Best Sports Learner Award for 2018 to Joseph Mumbula

The MYO staff wished the grade 8 learners continuing success since they just completed their first year of high school and last year at MYO. When you completed your grade 8 year this does not mean that you are no longer part of the programme. It means that you are now part of the Alumni group. The Alumni group consists of all the learners that have completed MYO. This year, Mrs Oosthuizen awarded the Alumni of the Year Award to Diana Hamalwa.

Unlike most schools that award a Dux Learner Award, MYO awards a Student of the Year. This year the award recipient was Stephanie Wimmerth, a grade 8 learner. In her speech she encouraged all the learners to study hard. She said “be the best you can be now because tomorrow is not promised”.

Mrs Fulvia surprised Mrs Oosthuizen with a farewell present since it was her last year at the MYO. This concluded the prestigious event.

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