Namibia is currently faced with new challenges in developing the next generation of scientists and engineers who can take the country on a new journey of national development, says the Deputy Minister of Education Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo at a media conference in Windhoek recently.

Dr Ndjoze-Ojo, who received a donation of a Telecom Educational Model constructed at a cost of N$70 000 by Telecom Namibia on Friday, said her ministry has embarked on a vigorous programme to create public awareness on the importance of science and technology in realising the country`s developmental goals.

"Research, science, technology and innovation are key to Namibia`s future economic growth. We requested the model to help motivate school going children to take up science subjects, and create public understanding and appreciation of the importance of science and how it affects our daily lives," said the deputy Minister.

The portable model represents the complex telecommunication environment in a more simplified way to learners and adults alike to capture the full complexity of a telecommunications network. It will be used by the Ministry at educational fairs countrywide to help learners to know all about the different kinds of telecommunication networks that Telecom Namibia offers to the public.

Managing Director of Telecom Namibia Frans Ndoroma said the donation will go a long way in supporting government in providing learners quality education especially in science and technology in line with Vision 2030.

"We have no doubt that the money spent on this Telecom Educational Model will pay off handsomely for learners who will be exposed to it in future. Telecom sees this as nothing less than an opportunity to enrich our learners" said Ndoroma.

The deputy Minister said the model will further help motivate learners to take up science subjects, and create public understanding of the principles of science and innovation involved in the telecommunications industry and related careers.

"It should be noted that the promotion of science is not a government responsibility alone, but should be a partnership between government and the industry," she said.

Dr Ndjoze-Ojo urged other companies to emulate Telecom Namibia`s example by coming up with initiatives that could contribute to training more Namibians and thereby build relevant skills required by industry.

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