The Dirk Mudge Trust (DMT) announced the commencement of Nakayale Primary School Academy's construction in Etunda, in the Omusati Region.
The boarding school which is set to be completed by January 2016 for its first intake, of Grade 0 to 2, is a joint project by the Dirk Mudge Trust, the ELCIN’s Western Diocese, the Etunda Agricultural project and St Paul’s college. Chrisna Greef, Director and First Trustee of the Dirk Mudge Trust, and former Executive Chairperson and Managing Director of Democratic Media Holdings (Pty)Ltd said, “this project is huge and is also a huge responsibility. We will select learners from the whole western region of the Omusati”.
The land was provided by the ELCIN’s WesterN Diocese and will remain their property even after the infrastructure is completed. St Paul’s college will assist in selecting the learners and the qualified teachers for the school, they will also train the teachers for a period of three months before the school is opened in January 2016. Chrisna Greef mentioned that the project costs after completing will be between N$20 to N$25 million. “It is the vision of the trust to start a second phase to build a secondary school up to grade 12 on the same premises, after this school has progressed with years to grade 7” she stated.
At the event, the Director also added that negotiations are on the way for the school to have its own fully equipped and operational clinic facility, with a full time nurse and an ambulance in case of any transportation needed. The learners of this academy will receive full scholarships, provision of school fees, accommodation, clothing, food and learning materials. The Etunda agricultural project will assist in this project by making use of parts of the land on the school premises for food production for the school’s sustenance; additionally it will also be used as an educational exercise for the learners, to show them the importance of food production.