The Rössing Foundation was established in 1978 through a Deed of Trust as a vehicle to oversee the Rio Tinto Rössing Uranium mine’s corporate social responsibility activities in Namibia.
The Foundation focuses mainly on programmes which target:
- the improvement of primary and secondary education through the implementation of various learner and teacher support programmes;
- the development of a local workforce and specialised vocational skills through the provision of scholarships, apprenticeships and parttime study opportunities; and
- the diversification and strengthening of the local economy through support of small and mediumscale enterprises.
(Left) The Rössing Foundation implement the corporate social responsibility activities of Rössing Uranium.
The Rössing Foundation has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture since Namibian independence in 1990. All the supported activities are formulated in a Memorandum of Understanding between the Foundation and partner organisations, specifically, the seven Regional Education Directorates.
These critical partners include the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, the Ministry of Mines and Energy, the National Institute for Educational Development (NIED), the United Nation’s Children Fund (UNICEF), the Erongo Regional Council, and the Arandis Town Council.
To address education challenges facing Namibia, the Rössing Foundation works hand in hand with the Government of the Republic of Namibia through the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture by availing opportunities to teachers and learners to acquire subjectrelated content knowledge for the development of competencies in English, Mathematics and the Sciences.
To this end, the Rössing Foundation built and operates three stateoftheart Education Centres in the towns of Arandis and Swakopmund in the Erongo Region, and in Ondangwa in the Oshana Region. In addition to these three Education Centres, the Rössing Foundation initiated an innovative undertaking — the introduction of a Mobile Education Laboratory. The Mobile Laboratory is a 28seater bus that was converted to carry laboratory equipment.
The Mobile Laboratory is fully equipped with the required materials and equipment. It was introduced in 2016 and travelled to many outlying areas of the country. This operation greatly benefitted rural schools, as many teachers and learners cannot afford to travel to the Education Centres in Arandis, Ondangwa and Swakopmund.
The Education Centres and Mobile Laboratory will continue to serve as the hub of support programmes, not only for learners and teachers, but also for neighbouring communities.
(right) In addition to the partners the Rössing Foundation currently work with, it is in the process of sensitising other potential partners to join hands, enabling the Foundation to expand its support in the field of education and enterprise development, including support to small and medium enterprises.