USAKOS: Da-Palm Junior Secondary School in Otjimbingwe emerged as the winner of the 2012 European Union (EU) Erongo Region’s school quiz held here on Saturday.
The quiz, which was held at the Usakos Junior Secondary School, saw five schools from Karibib, Usakos, Arandis and Otjimbingwe competing against each other.
The competition was the third bi-annual school quiz held by the EU delegation to Namibia.
The first quiz was held in Windhoek in the Khomas Region in 2008, followed by the second quiz held in Oshakati in the Oshana Region in 2010.
EU Delegation to Namibia information officer Natasha Tibinyane told Nampa over the weekend that a decision is still to be made on where the next quiz will be held.
The quiz covered the disciplines of history, current affairs and politics of the European Union, as well as the EU’s partnership with Namibia.
Speaking on Saturday, the Head of the EU Delegation to Namibia, Ambassador Raul Fuentes Milani indicated that as much as the quiz is about deepening the understanding of the EU’s role in Namibia, it is also an expression of the positive partnership between Namibia, the EU and the union’s Member States.
He told the learners that as future leaders of their country, it is important that they are aware of and have an understanding of the world they live in.
“This is not only a competition, but also an opportunity for you to get to know each other and forge meaningful, lasting relationships, based on academic interest,” said Milani, adding that the competition is not only about winning, but also about learning.
Also speaking on that day, Education Circuit Inspector for Walvis Bay, Monica Gawises stated that the gathering is without a doubt a once-in-a-lifetime experience for some learners, an opportunity which she said they should make full use of.
“The meeting here is to prove that no country can afford to be an island anymore, as today’s living standards require from us to keep pace with daily occurrences,” she noted.
The learners who participated received prizes worth N.dollars 15 000, with the winning school’s learners each receiving portable Digital Video Disc (DVD) players.
The EU delegation also donated books, bags and stationery to the learners.