THE Etunda farm school project, an initiative of founding president Sam Nujoma, is still not ready for occupation nine years after construction commmenced.
The project requires N$3,5 million to be completed.
Senior special assistant to the founding president Paul Shipale yesterday said the hostel kitchen, which is critical to the school, is delaying the completion of the donor-driven project.
“By the end of December 2022, the contractor was still busy finishing the kitchen/dining hall buildings.
“The external part was completed, but the interior still needs some work.
“This kitchen/dining hall, after being completed, will require donations for kitchen equipment.
“The dormitories and caretaker accommodation also need to be painted, and final plumbing work as well as electrical installations are needed,” he said.
The initiative started in 2013 when Nujoma donated a large portion of his farm, Etunda, outside Otavi, for the construction of a clinic, as well as a primary school.
The aim was to accommodate the children of farmworkers in the Otavi and Otjiwarongo districts.
Nujoma’s vision was to see these children realise their full potential and become productive citizens.
“Our government places great value in education – especially of the marginalised and the children of farmworkers – with the aim of bringing them on par with other children who have access to learning facilities,” Nujoma said at the launch of the project in 2014.
The clinic has since been completed with the assistance of the Ohorongo Otavi Community Trust.
Shipale said 75% of the school’s construction has been completed.
He said the founding president is optimistic that other stakeholders would join him in completing the school before he donates it to the government as he did with the local health clinic.
“In the realisation of this noble long-term vision, it is imperative that all our people join hands and work harder to complement our government’s efforts in the socio-economic development of our country,” Shipale said.
Other important aspects to be considered are staff recruitment by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, as well as associated educational needs for a government school to be operational, he said.