TEACHING and learning are expected to become easier after Nsundwa Combined School in the Kabbe constituency of the Zambezi region was electrified with solar power.
The Hanns Seidel Foundation last week installed solar energy equipment worth N$350 000 at the school. It was one of two schools in the rural areas of Zambezi identified by the foundation this February with the need for power as it has limited power coverage.
The coordinator of the project for the organisation, Rodney Seibeb, together with partners EduVentures and the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI), chose Nsundwa as one of six schools in need.
Other schools which were identified include Omuuni Combined School and Ondjabayonghalu Combined School in the Ohangwena region, Ongongo and Otjikojo Primary School in the Kunene region, and Kandunda Kaseta Combined School in the Zambezi region.
“During our familiarisation visit to the school, we identified it to be supported with renewable energy and energy sufficiency, and we also selected it to benefit from the outreach activities with a state-of-the-art mobile classroom,” explained Seibeb.
The acting principal of Nsundwa, Alex Kamwi, said the help of the foundation is appreciated by the entire school because they previously had limited use of administration appliances, and evening studies for the pupils could not last for more than an hour without power interruptions.
“Teaching and learning will become better because now we have enough power to use, especially during evening studies,” he beamed.
A programme on environmental education was also offered to some selected pupils by EduVentures in the Ombombo Mobile Classroom, which ran from last week Monday until Friday, 27 September.
A graduation ceremony was held on Friday for pupils who participated in the environmental education programme.
Overall, the staff of Nsundwa Combined School received a manual and some lessons on how to maintain and monitor their solar power. The systems will be officially inaugurated in November 2019. – Nampa