The Namibia-German Special Initiative Programme (NGSIP) has officially come to an end with its implementation of projects that are funded by the Federal Republic of Germany.
This was stated Honorable Lucia Iipumbu, the Deputy Minister of Economic Planning, at the occasion of Oruua Primary School project hand over, in Ovitoto area.
According to Honourable Iipumbu, the event is in line with Government policy that aims at building schools and hostels in all corners of the country, even in the remotest villages of the nation, to enable all school-going children to access education. “Our policy on education also resonates well with the United Nations’ sustainable development goal 4 that aims to ensure an equitable and inclusive education for all by 2030. That is why we are here to hand over this newly built Oruua Pre- and Primary School to this community” said Hon. Iipumbu.
The Primary School consists of three hostels for boys and another three for girls, six classrooms, administration offices, a kitchen, a dining hall at the cost of N$7 million and a borehole drilled and fully installed for water supply to the school for additional cost of N$569 thousand.
Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture as the custodian of national basic education, represented by the Director of Education in Otjozondjupa region, received the facility.
NGSIP under which the Oruua Primary school programme falls started eleven years ago in 2006 with a consultative needs assessment led by the then Deputy Prime Minister’s office, under the leadership of Dr. Libertine Amadhila. The participatory approach to the Programme’s initial planning, which was thereafter pursued throughout even during the implementation phases, was the reason why the programme is called the Special Initiative and was indeed special and unique. The implementation of the programme just ended in July 2017 with the one year retention period to end in 2018.
Participation has been the Programme’s defining characteristic. Project funds were allocated to the Programme’s 24 target Constituencies according to socio-economic and demographic criteria with the involvement of the beneficiaries. The total financial support provided by the Government of the Federal Republic of German through our cooperation amounts to EUR 36 million or approx. N$ 513 million. This is a lot of money that will for sure contribute to the wellbeing of the Namibian beneficiaries.
The programme implemented over 200 projects that have been aimed at empowering people at the grassroots level socially and economically in the targeted seven regions of the country, and by so doing, it has made a big difference in their lives. Through this programme; schools, hostels, traditional authority offices, Heritage sites, campsites, SME stalls, Barbercue stands and self-catering facilities have been constructed and boreholes drilled to supply water to the targeted communities. In addition houses have also been built for some members of the marginalised communities.
There are only two projects left with minor touches, which are yet still to be completed indicating about 99% execution rate.
Going forward in terms of the sustainability of the projects under this programme, comfort is drawn from all the acceptance statements at the handovers that had been assuring the preservation of the facilities by the beneficiaries. National Planning Commission shall also go back to monitor the usage and report accordingly to the relevant authorities.