Windhoek, 8 October 2020 – Telecom Namibia handed over Covid-19 mitigating items worth N$100,000 to the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture on Tuesday, 7 October 2020.
The donation included 50 x 5L sanitisers, 50 x sanitising stations with prefilled 50 x 750ml bottles and 1000 x masks to Honourable Anna Nghipondoka, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture. The donation is meant for learners at public schools and is aimed at ensuring school children have access to quality education without compromising their health.
Telecom Namibia’s Acting CEO Mr Laban Hiwilepo during the handover said Telecom Namibia’s core business is the delivery of ICT services, and this sector’s importance was amplified during lockdown, through the provisioning of infrastructure, product and service that enabled e-learning. stated that after the lifting of the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the learners are back at school and Telecom Namibia is cognizant of the fact that there are needy schools in the most remote areas. “With this small donation Telecom Namibia hopes to support and address the gaps of needy schools in the remote areas by ensuring learners are adhering to the safety precaution measures that are required on a daily basis.”
Mr Hiwilepo concluded by commending the Namibian Government as well as all the front-line officials, “I would like to commend the government for taking the necessary actions during the State of Emergency to ensure limited transmissions. Similarly, we commend all the front-line officials, who were willing to sacrifice their own safety and well-being in this crisis, your efforts are recognized and your selfless contribution towards the fight against the Coronavirus is appreciated.”
Hon. Anna Nghipondoka in her acceptance speech commended Telecom Namibia in its effort to assist the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture in mitigating the risk of learners contracting the COVID-19 virus. “Now that face to face teaching has resumed in all schools, this donation of COVID-19 relief items indeed came at the right time to assist the Ministry in assuring our learners have the necessary protection gear. Education is a shared responsibility and the Ministry needs more friends in education, such as Telecom Namibia and many others that have come forth in assisting the Ministry. We are thankful for this gesture which is a clear testimony that Telecom Namibia is a friend of education, that cares about the well-being of our learners.”
It is widely perceived that the COVID-19 pandemic has completely derailed the education journey for most children, especially the vulnerable. With this donation Telecom Namibia aims to ensure school children have access to quality education without compromising their health and sincerely hopes this donation goes a long way in complementing government efforts in combating the COVID-19 virus.
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