National Mobile Outreach Programme
The Rössing Foundation’s Mobile Laboratory completed its second, highly successful year, visiting 21 schools in five regions and providing support to rural schools in English, Mathematics and Science subjects. A total of 12,788 learners, 455 teachers and ten Education Officers were supported during the 2017, a remarkable achievement.
The main purpose of the introduction of the Mobile Laboratory is to cater for schools that cannot easily access the Rössing Foundation’s Education Centres in Arandis, Ondangwa and Tamariskia due to their remote locations and the high costs of transport.
As a result, teachers and learners in many rural schools miss out on the valuable opportunities offered by these programmes.
The Mobile Laboratory was initiated as a method to expand Rössing Foundation’s reach to outlying schools in support in English language training, Mathematics, and the Sciences.
Ondiiye Primary School in Kunene Region
The Rössing Foundation has donated books to the Ondiiye Primary School in support of education development and delivery to the community. The Rössing Foundation has also corroborated with the ACS Namibia Project, a charity organisation based in the UK which sponsored some basic needs of 26 learners at the school. Each learner received a tracksuit, a pair of shoes and eating utensils.
With sponsorship from Nedbank Namibia, a mobile unit was purchased and equipped with materials that supports teaching and learning of various subjects.
During 2017, the Mobile Laboratory visited 21 schools in the Erongo, Kavango West, Omaheke, Oshana and Kunene regions to support rural schools in English, Mathematics and Science subjects.
In 2017, a total of 12,788 learners, 455 teachers and ten education officers of the Ministry of Education, Art and Culture were supported through the programme by 23 of Rössing Foundation’s Education Officers and 13 Senior Education Officers of the Ministry of Education, Art and Culture. Each school received support for a full week. The support is ongoing and provided at a distance until face-to-face support can be renewed in 2018.
It was worth mentioning that the Gustav Kandjii Secondary School in Otjinene, Omaheke Region, arranged an extra visit by the Mobile Laboratory for their learners at its own cost. The cost included transport, accommodation and meals for the supporting team. The school achieved the best results in the Omaheke Region at the Junior Secondary Certifcate examination in 2017.
The Mobile Laboratory provided support to 21 schools in five regions, during which 12,788 learners were exposed to classes in English, Mathematics and the Sciences.