Laptops for local high school

Easing the burden

22 August 2021 | Education

Stanley Urikhob; Principal; “This donation has truly advanced us as an institution of learning…”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

The Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) donated laptops worth N$60 000 to Duinesig High School and an additional N$20 000 to assist with internet connectivity.

DBN also challenged the current crop of grade 12 learners to perform to the best of their ability, since the top learner will go home with N$10 000.

Principal Stanley Urikhob said that DBN is investing in fertile ground as far as academic excellence is concerned.

“Just this week we received the good news that our 2020 dux learner, Petrina Shalyefu, has been named the best learner in the Erongo region with a combination of Ordinary and Higher Level subjects.”

Petrina is enrolled at Unam School of Medicine, together with Tuilika Andreas and Maria Shivute from the class of 2018.

“Laina Vatileni is the best Economics learner in Erongo, while Amber Somses, our 2020 LRC chairperson, is the best Entrepreneurship learner in the region.”

Urikhob said that the learners and staff members know that they must strive to do better.

“We are dealing with the two most delicate resources there are: The mind of a child and the future of this country.”

The headmaster said that the school is based in Kuisebmond for a reason.

“We are here to help realise the dreams and aspirations of those living in this neighbourhood. Laina, Amber and Petrina have demonstrated that the best in the region can come from Kuisebmond. Thus, the services we render at school should be second to none. We must do better, we must be the best.”

With the donation of the laptops, learners will now be able to go online for research and online learning.

“Our staff members can also make use of these facilities should remote learning be forced upon us. This donation has truly advanced us as an institution of learning.”

Jerome Mutumba, DBN head of marketing and communication, said he was moved by the school’s testimonies.

“I was touched to learn that this school with more than 1300 learners from a previously disadvantaged community, has made its’ mark in the region. This is very encouraging! Knowing where you come from, and seeing the waves you are making, made it easy for the bank to be associated with your institution.”

LRC chairperson Elizabeth Shoopala said that as the first group of AS learners, they are experiencing a different and total new curriculum.

“AS is definitely more practical and education becomes more learner-centred in grade 12. This of course has its perks because it teaches us to be independent scholars and urges us to take the responsibility of learning into our own hands, therefore better equipping us for university.”

She added that research is an instrumental component in learning.

She thanked the DBN for recognising the need for safe, free and accessible spaces for AS learners to continue their studies.

“We assure you that the equipment will be utilised fully for the intended purposes and be well taken care of.”

Duinesig High School is home to 1355 learners, 49 teachers and 10 support staff members.

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