Nanso hits ground running on access to quality education


Namibia’s largest student organisation has hit the ground running on its campaign for the provision of quality inclusive education by securing free transportation for previously disadvantaged students registering at the University of Namibia.


The initiative was the previous Sunday’s good news for many students who are currently engaged with registration at Unam.


Speaking to this publication, Nanso president Ester Simon said “it was going to be cold in hell” if students were to fail to secure places because of a lack of transport money.


“We came up with this idea last year December and figured out how we could help students as far as access to education is concerned. We had initially thought of paying for their registration fees but that would not cover everyone. Access to free education includes a lot of things and so we thought of providing free buses for the rest of the registration period,” she told this publication.


The students are being shuttled from different pick-up points by Silas Ndapuka bus services and in the meantime, the organisation’s secretary, Matheus Taapopi said they were approaching different stakeholders to carter for other institutions.


Dozens of students are to be picked from Havana, Goreangab, Wanaheda, Greenwell, and Okuryangava.


The access to education campaign, however, seeks to launch an offensive at what the organisation has labeled as exorbitant registration fees which they said must fall.

Said Simon, “Nanso will engage the SRCs of all institutions in order to establish the way in which the access campaign will work with them and realise practical steps for each institution, led by our Nanso branches.”


Registration fees, “threaten the access of the Namibian child to tertiary education,” she said adding that they will be physically assisting with registration as well.