OPUWO: Learners at the Omuhiva Mobile School, which is currently situated about 38 kilometres west of Opuwo, are forced to use bags of sand for seating as the school lacks chairs.
The Secretary of the OvaHerero Traditional Authority (OTA), Bathuel Katjimune in an interview with Nampa on Monday expressed concern about the situation, and said the OTA has decided to donate 100 chairs to the school.
Katjimune and other members of the OTA visited Omuhiva village on Saturday to meet up with relatives. While there, they decided to visit the school, where they were shocked to see children sitting on bags filled with sand in the tents which serve as classrooms.
Hoze Riruako was another one of the individuals who visited the school with the group.
Approached for comment, he said it is not acceptable for children in a government school to not have chairs or proper classrooms after more than 20 years of independence.
“How can we expect the learners at this school to perform and compete with other learners after learning under such harsh conditions? The classroom (tent) is full of holes, so how do they cope during the rainy season and in winter?” Riruako wanted to know.
He further stated that learning environments such as these are “pure negligence” and constitute a violation of the children’s rights.
“We have NDP4 (the fourth National Development Plan), Vision 2030, but how do we expect to reach these targets if the children who have to be educated to enable us to reach these, are exposed to these very bad learning environments which are not conducive to learning,” he noted.
Riruako said he was informed that there are 11 other mobile schools in the Kunene Region which operate under the same conditions.
He donated N.dollars 1 000 to the Omuhiva Mobile School to be used for food items.
Nampa visited the mobile school on Tuesday and met the Omuhiva Mobile School unit head, Uazuva Kakuva.
He explained how the school was opened in 2005 and said it currently has 82 learners.
“The school starts from pre-primary and goes up to Grade Four. We have two teachers employed by the Ministry of Education and one volunteer teacher who assists us,” said Kakuva.
The school received 40 camping chairs when it opened in 2005 and since then, no chairs have been received despite requests for more as learner numbers increased.
“When there is no proper equipment it discourages the learners from coming to school. The shortage of chairs at the school is a problem because learners are not sitting comfortably and their clothes are getting dirty because they have to sit on the bags. It’s a problem,” Kakuva noted, before stating that the chairs they will be receiving from the OvaHerero Traditional Authority will make a big difference.