WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
A total number of 27,000 students and 102 schools
in Namibia’s north and north-east regions are affected by
floods, said Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina
Hanse-Himarwa on Tuesday in the National Assembly.
Hanse-Himarwa, Omusati region has the highest number of schools
(73) affected by the floods followed by 11 schools in Ohangwena
region and about 10 schools in Oshana region.
floods have also negatively impacted on the education sector
with buildings especially ablution facilities were submerged as
most have been damaged and will require renovations.
“Funds are limited
and the Ministry is challenged to be able to meet the needs as
requested by the regions. In most extreme cases the Ministry is
left with no other option but to close the schools while
continuing to provide basic needs to the learners such as tents
and other facilities,” said Hanse-Himarwa.
no schools have been closed yet in the Zambezi region, the
region is considered the most affected region. The current level
of the Zambezi River has reached 6.5 meters, which is considered
a disaster to the education sector.
In the meantime, to
address and mitigate the impact on education provision, the
Ministry has developed regional contingency plans mostly in the
flood prone areas and this has helped the ministry to some
extent and use the contingency plans to lobby for funds within
the Ministry’s budget and buy tents which are used during the
times of flooding.
However, in the case
of Zambezi region, where flood has just started making impact,
according to Hanse-Himarwa, the Ministry will close the schools
affected and carry out an assessment after three weeks in order
to allow these schools to use the existing schools in the upper
land to continue with classes during school holiday.
that the ministry will conduct a full assessment of the impact
of floods and will mobilize resources from stakeholders and
China hands over 4,000 tonnes
of rice to Namibia
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
China on Tuesday officially handed over
4,000 metric tonnes of rice to Namibia in Windhoek as part of
assistance towards drought relief.
The handover was
officiated by visiting Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhang
Ming and Namibian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
the drought in Namibia left more than 595,000 people directly or
indirectly affected and President Hage Geingob had declared the
drought a national emergency.
“This donation we
are witnessing is in fact a symbolic one as the large quantity
of food is already delivered to the regions and the intended
beneficiaries, which is the purpose of the donation,”
According to the
Deputy Prime Minister, Namibia’s resilience could be
strengthened through international cooperation, such as with
agricultural projects, and Namibia could learn from Chinese
expertise in order to become self-sustainable in food security.