School constructs its own classrooms

Future looks bright for young learners

20 January 2020 | Education

Ursula Damens;Principal;“I am elated that learners can benefit from an education system such as that enjoyed by their peers.”

Walvis Bay • [email protected]

The principal of Flamingo Primary School Ursula Damens announced that afternoon classes introduced for approximately 240 grade 2 learners at the school, is now a thing of the past. This comes after the completion of four classrooms constructed at a cost of N$500 000.

Since 2016 grade 2 learners attended classes at the school in the afternoon due to a lack of classrooms.

Damens said she was delighted at achieving her goal of building the classrooms.

“I am elated that learners can benefit from an education system such as that enjoyed by their peers. Now adequate teaching time is guaranteed, all learners can participate in the school programme and an effective learning support programme can be provided in the afternoons for the learners who are showing poor progress,” she said.

According to Damens, the overcrowding came about after the circuit inspector instructed the school to take on 160 grade 1 learners who did not have space.

“However, there were no classes available at the school. This resulted in the grade 1 and grade 2 learners having to share classrooms. Subsequently a platoon system had to be introduced.”

Damens said government did not assisted in any way with the construction of the four new classrooms.

“The grade 2 parents started an initiative in 2017 and dug into their own pockets to build classrooms. The school officials embraced this initiative, with the aim of building seven classrooms and ablution blocks. The foundation for the classrooms were laid in December 2017.”

Various sponsors assisted, including Merlus Seafood (N$50 000), Tukondja Trading Enterprises (N$15 000), Erongo Marine Enterprises (N$50 000), Demersal Fishing (N$5 000), Santam (N$150 000), Kuisebmond Social Club (40 bags of cement), Buco (ceiling boards) and voluntary contributions from parents and the community of Flamingo Primary School.

Funds were also generated from fundraising activities organised by the school. These included fun walks, raffles, athletic meetings, bazaars and the sale of cupcakes.

According to Damens, the school still needs N$250 000 to construct three more class rooms and two ablution blocks.

“Teaching and learning is an ongoing process. Although there is a lack of school furniture and ablution blocks, we are hopeful that the community and businesses in Walvis Bay will see our efforts and assist the school with financial contributions to complete this project.”

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