Handover of a New School Building to Ntara Combined School in Musese Constituency, Kavango West Region
On 16th April 2019, a handover ceremony of a new school block which was funded by the Government of Japan through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) was held at Ntara Combined School in Musese Constituency, Kavango West Region. H.E. Mr. Hideaki Harada, Ambassador of Japan, representing the Government of Japan, handed over the facility to Hon. Ms Ester Anna-Lisa Nghipondoka, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture who represented the Government of the Republic of Namibia.
After the ribbon cutting of the new school block by the dignitaries, Mr Gosuke Sakai, a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) volunteer for mathematics and science education at Ntara Combined School, demonstrated a lesson in one of the newly built classrooms. The lesson focused on basic mathematics, and presented the learners with a window into Japan’s teaching and learning methods.
JICA’s Volunteer Program forms part of Japan’s multi-pronged approach to development in the education sector, which couples capacity building and human resource development through the Volunteer Program with infrastructure development through GGP. The synergy between the two schemes of cooperation creates a multiplying factor, therefore maximising the impact on the quality of education.
The grant amounting to NAD 900,585.10 was utilised to build three classrooms and a storeroom. This grant was also utilized to supply 60 sets of desks and chairs for learners. Upon handing over the facility, all the learners of Ntara Combined School are now learning in the permanent classrooms. Assistance from the Government of Japan has contributed to providing a conducive educational environment for learners.