SWAKOPMUND: The Navachab Gold Mine (NGM) has donated N.dollars 80 000 towards the Erongo Grade 12 Spring School set to take place from 20 to 24 August this year at the Swakopmund Secondary School.
The Erongo Spring School is an annual event organised by the Erongo Directorate of Education to enhance students’ knowledge of their subjects and subsequently improve their examination results, while also preparing the learners for tertiary education.
Participants of the Spring School have increased considerably since the school started in 2010 with 150 learners, to 400 learners expected for 2012.
This is the third time the NGM is sponsoring the Erongo Spring School in the region.
NGM’s first donation towards the Spring School in 2010 was N.dollars 60 000, followed by N.dollars 64 000 in 2011 and N.dollars 80 000 in 2012, which amounts to N.dollars 204 000.
The Spring School will be primarily focusing on Mathematics and Physical Science subjects.
Learners will be split into groups consisting of 13 learners each to ensure maximum attention is bestowed on them by the teachers.
The NGM is a unique mining and refinery operation which is currently the only gold mine in Namibia, and is located about 15 kilometres outside the town of Karibib.
“We believe in creating exceptional and unforgettable legacies in our host communities. Moreover, developing and nurturing educational development is what will preserve our values,” said Navachab Gold Mine Communications’ Manager Emily Tjikune during the donation ceremony that took place at the Education Directorate’s office here.
“We strive to make a difference in our host communities in ways that will leave them better-off,” she added.
Tjikune then congratulated the Education Directorate for its involvement in the technical and planning aspects of the programme.
“You have given our youth a spectacular opportunity to close the gaps that have given them difficulties throughout the years.
With your continued help and support, they will play a significant role in producing excellent results at the end of the year,” she noted.
Deputy Director Mark Jacobs, who received the donation, indicated that it is a demonstration of the successful teamwork shown by stakeholders who want to make a difference in education.
He said the money will be used for its intended purpose.