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School equipment for a special school


22 Mar 2023

We recently sponsored school equipment to Eluwa Special School in the Oshana Region. The school harbours three special sections for hearing impairment, visual impairment, and intellectual impairment, catering to a total of 381 learners within the school premises.

The Deputy Director of Education in Oshana, Hilma Nuunyango-George, expressed disappointment that they could not admit all learners who applied to the intellectual unit due to the lack of resources and facilities. “As a ministry and as a directorate of the Oshana region, we could not provide or cater to the needs of our three units. We do not have enough funds to provide all the needed materials,’’ she said, and thus expressed gratitude towards Debmarine Namibia for giving back to society and for helping the Namibian child.

The principal of the visual impairment section Elizabeth Nuugonya said even with the limited resources, the school continues to make great strides in the lives of its learners. “The school has received several donations, which helped to ease the teaching and learning process. Without such donations, we could not have achieved what we had achieved so far,” she noted.

As part of our commitment to social responsibility, we have established a social investment fund which focuses on meeting the broad-based community needs identified throughout the country. Our aim is to provide sustainable solutions that promote the long-term socio-economic development of the communities in which we operate.

The Chairperson of the Debmarine Namibia Social Investment Committee Stella Ipinge said that  assisting Eluwa Special School, we are contributing towards improving the lives of children with visual, hearing, and intellectual impairments. We believe that education is a key driver of socio-economic development, and we are committed to supporting initiatives that promote access to education for all.

The equipment we are sponsoring includes paints, computers, televisions, fencing materials, Perkins Brailler, teaching aids, science equipment, printers, and stationery, all worth a total of N$300 000.00. We trust that these materials will be put to good use and significantly contribute to the well-being and development of our special learners.

Established in 1966 by the Finnish Mission in the Engela village of the Ohangwena region, the school only catered to visually impaired learners. But in April 1973, the then Department of Education took over and transferred the school to Ongwediva and introduced the hearing impairment section.

Overall, Debmarine Namibia's contribution to the Eluwa Special School is a significant boost to the education of special needs learners in the Oshana region, and it demonstrates the company's commitment to the development of the Namibian child.

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