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Brighter days for learners

Mon, 14 November 2016 15:57
by Berny Baisako

To expand the learning potential of leaners and enable them to work without any limits First National Bank (FNB) of Namibia donated 153 solar lights worth N$23 000 to Ministry of Education Arts, and Culture (MOEAC).
MOEAC is striving towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals set by United Nations (UN) for the education agenda.
This goal will ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, thus the donation of solar lights will help the Namibian child towards quality education.
Achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development. Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improve people’s lives.
Speaking at the recently held occasion the Minister of MOEAC, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said, due to the non-connection to an electricity grid many learners do not receive equitable quality education.
“Namibia with its demographics and rural remote schools, learners in rural areas do not enjoy the privilege of being connected on any electricity grid. This donation could not have come at a better time it will now allow us to contribute towards the development of the Namibian child.” Hanse-Himarwa said.
Hanse-Himarwa further noted that there is no doubt that the solar lights will greatly improve on excellence in education as it will expand the learning potential of the learners and that the learners will have more hours of studying.
‘’Prevailing the circumstances in most remote areas, the work day ends at sundown which means there is very little time for homework or studying. In the absence of electricity students lose about 4-5 hours of productive time in a day due to darkness.’’ she said.
Also at the same occasion, FNB executive officer of Consumer Banking Department (CBD) Martha Murorua said that the capacity to think, innovate, transit and utilize knowledge is central to any development be it an individual or a country.
“All children should have an equal chance to obtain quality education and that a lack of electricity or poor light should not stand in the way of educating,” Murorua said.
According to Murorua the solar lights can be charged for 5 hours in direct sunlight and it produces 50 hours of soft light or 4.5 hours of bright light. The lights also contain a high-quality of rechargeable battery with support of 5 years of a daily use before it country will be identified.