Steenkamp Primary School in Katutura received 50 000 pens in the form of a donation, along with an amount of N$10 740 from BIC and CIC (Pty) Ltd on behalf of the numerous other schools.
At the start of the 2013 school year, the Namibian government, through the Ministry of Education, introduced a Universal Free Primary Education to relieve learners and parents from the pressure of paying school development fund. Universal Primary Education is a tuition free education provision to all children enrolled in the primary education phase (Grade 0 to 7). The Namibian government, through the Ministry of Education has since taken full responsibility for providing all resources required for the operation of schools. This includes textbooks and other learning materials, furniture and stationary such as pens.
Ian Stander, Divisional Sales Manager for CIC (Pty) Ltd, said that being involved in the an educational campaign like this, does not only benefit the community but is also a way to engage with their consumers, most of whom are parents, by becoming the brand that sees the future potential of the children. He stated that the donated pens will be distributed to schools countrywide and added that BIC’s contribution makes it possible for 50 000 school learners to have access to their own pen.
The director of education in Khomas region, Gerard Vries, who also attended the donation, said that he is particularly happy that the BIC and CIC (Pty) Ltd is supporting the quest of providing quality education by donating pens.
“Your donation complements government’s efforts to ensure that schools have adequate learning tools and stationery for all learners, ” he said, adding that “The pens and funds are targeted for disadvantaged and schools and will benefit learners in the Ohangwena, //Karas, Otjozondjupa, Omaheke, Kunene, Kavango, Kunene West, Kavango East and Khomas Regions.”
Vries added that the government is well vested with the significance of a collaborative and collective effort in the development of education. Even though he has seen concrete evidence of partners in education coming on board, he further urged other private organizations and business people to support the growth of education in the country. He commended BIC and CIC (Pty) Ltd for the public-private partnership and that their donations will go a long way in providing quality education to the country.
The donations were also accepted by the head of A.I Steenkamp Primary School’s Student Representative Council, Seketias Gomeb, who thanked BIC and CIC (Pty) Ltd for seeing the needs of learners in Namibia.