Windhoek Lager has chosen Helena Namene, Nikodemus Petrus Hawaseb and Thea Seefeldt as the education ambassadors. They were nominated by the public on Friday.
Namene, who is a teacher from Omutele Constituency said, “Being a teacher feels so good. Whenever I educate a learner, I feel so fulfilled and whenever my learners understand what I teach, then I feel peaceful. I love people who love to learn and being a teacher is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
Hawaseb who works for the Ministry of Education in the Kunene Region, at the Dawid Khamuxab Primary School in the resettlement farm of Seringkop (Outjo District) said, “My passion for education is reflected in working hard to teach the learners, as teaching is a call to plough back into the community of my San hai//Om people. Education is the only way to get out of our current situation of poverty and slavery.”
Nikodemus is of the opinion that education is important since it is the key to a healthy and successful life. “Without it, you cannot live with dignity.”
Seefeldt is the education director in Khomas Region and holds a Master’s degree in education (policy analysis and educational management). She co-ordinates the programmes and projects in the region and is responsible for the timely appointment of staff at schools and hostels. She further ensures the budgetary needs are met and procurement is executed, amongst other numerous tasks.
“To me, education is like a big puzzle where all the pieces fit together, as it presents a bigger picture. If some pieces are missing or are lost, the picture loses crucial elements to make it whole. I am, in principle, an analyst who tries to figure out how to get the missing pieces put together for the most important beneficiary - the child. Education is important because it opens new vistas for children and makes them see there is a different future for them out there.”
She added; “I subscribe fully to the O&L Group’s purpose: ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’. That is what we do in education. We create a future for our children and try to enhance lives for our Namibian citizens. If we fail in this effort, we have failed in our duty as citizens of this wonderful country.”