Textbook donation overwhelms

Gondwana Collection's Care Trust and Global United donated textbooks worth N$50 000 to Mount View High School in Windhoek.

24 February 2019 | Education

Windhoek • Mariselle Stofberg

The Gondwana Collection's Care Trust availed N$50 000 towards textbooks for grade 11 learners of Mount View High School.

This was made thanks to a donation of N$40 000 by Global United FC and N$10 000 private sponsorships generated by Gondwana. These textbooks were handed over on Tuesday to the learners of Mount View High School.

Although they were not able to locate enough textbooks for every learner, the donors pledged to cover the cost of the remaining textbooks.

Sylvester Goraseb, the Global United FC Ambassador, Dgini Visser of Gondwana Collection, Setson Nghidinwa, the media liaison officer of the education ministry, and the principal of Mount View, Sean Möller, attended the event.

Goraseb believes that this partnership plays a pivotal role in helping the learners of Mount View. “We can't achieve a lot in isolation. That is why we believe that together and united as partners, we can try to change the lives of so many people. We hope the learners can use these books to empower themselves, because education is key.”

“We are extremely excited about these new textbooks. Usually we had to share one textbook in a class of 40 learners. Now each of us will be able to have our own book. This gives me the courage to work very hard, because I want to study engineering one day,” says Mike Muchingami, a grade 11 learner.

Selma Nampolo, another grade 11 learner and aspiring teacher, believes they are extremely privileged to have received such a donation.

“Out of so many schools in Windhoek, we were chosen, and this is an extreme privilege. We are so excited, and this provides us with an opportunity to further our studies and to work hard.”

The handover was done in the container classroom, which was part of a project done by Reschelle Beukes, a grade 12 learner of WHS.

The education ministry along with various stakeholders inaugurated the containerized classroom at Mount View High School in January to address classroom shortage.

The unison donation of the containerized classroom follows coordination of resources and support by Beukes, as part of a project she started as Miss Windhoek High School 2018. Beukes is also the junior mayor of Windhoek.

Last year the Gondwana Collection Care Trust donated calculators and dictionaries worth N$26 945 to the school, and wanted to further their involvement. They heard about the severe textbook shortage and immediately sought out ways in which they can address the issue.

“Many of the learners are from dis­advantaged backgrounds, and they ­simply can't afford these books. We immediately started a newsletter and pledge, and Global United jumped on board with a N$40 000 donation,” Gondwana's Dgini Visser said.

Visser is extremely passionate about the school, and hopes their contribution can add to the impressive academic achievements the school has had thus far. Mount View ranked 11 out of 34 schools in the Khomas region.

“We believe in you and you are awesome. You can do anything, and now we can't wait to hear the results of your school at the end of the year,” Visser said.

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