The Tim Ekandjo Education Awards handed over cash prizes to 18 top learners at the Lüderitz Angra Bequena High School.
The awards were handed out at a ceremony held on Saturday in front of a packed audience consisting of learners, parents and teachers and members of the community.
The awards were inaugurated 3 years ago by Tim Ekandjo to inspire the students of Lüderitz to work hard at their education.
Kleophas Hilifa, an accounting student, won the top prize of the Best Grade 12 student of the year. The prize will automatically earn him a University scholarship which includes tuition, books and a brand new laptop to aid his studies next year.
“I am definitely excited about this prize and making my University dreams come true. I would never otherwise have gone to University if it was not for the Tim Ekandjo scholarship that comes with this prize, because I live alone but I am determined to do something with my life despite my circumstances” Hilifa said.
A teacher at the school Rowenna Claasen has said that the majority of their students have started working harder ever since Ekandjo introduced the cash prizes 3 years ago.
Ekandjo has thanked the Management of the school for having allowed him to extend a helping hand. “My family and I are proud for having contributed in the manner we could and we would like to congratulate all winners in the different categories this year and over the last 3 years. Education is of paramount importance because it liberates and breaks cycles of poverty and thus our association to this course” Ekandjo said.