28 February 2013

In line with its corporate social investment, Telecom Namibia granted 14 bursaries valued at N$1.3 million to disadvantaged and financially needy students from all 13 regions to pursue their studies at institutions of higher learning in the country. Last year a total of 20 bursaries were awarded under the Telecom Namibia Bursary Scheme. The scheme has 82 students who are pursuing their higher education goals and meet national labour needs. The handover ceremony was held in Windhoek on Monday, 28 January 2013, and was officiated by the Deputy Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi. Also present at the occasion were the Telecom Namibia Managing Director Frans Ndoroma and the company’s Senior Manager for Training and Development Dr Raimo Naanda.

The focus of the Telecom Namibia Bursary Scheme is to contribute to building Namibia’s human resources capacity mainly in the fields of accounting, electroninic engineering, telecommunications engineering and information technology to address both company-specific and national skills requirements.

The bursary recipients for the 2013 academic year are:

1. Loundy /Goagoseb, from Karas Region, for Bachelor of Accounting at the Polytechnic of Namibia

2. Jennifer Smith, from Hardap Region, for Bachelor of Accounting at the University of Namibia

3. Gerson Kanduuombe, from Erongo Region, Bachelor of Electronic Engineering, at the Polytechnic of Namibia

4. Tuuliki Autoni, from Omusati Region, for Bachelor of Electronic Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia

5. Herman Shikusho, from Kavango Region, for Bachelor of Electronic Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia

6. Limbere Steven, from Kavango Region, for Bachelor of Electronic Engineering at the University of Namibia

7. Romario Uirab, from Erongo Region, for Bachelor of Electronic Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia

8. Johannes Amakali, from Oshikoto Region, for Bachelor of Electronic Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia

9. Visken Sililo, from Caprivi Region, for Bachelor of Electronic Engineering at the University of Namibia

10. Kautoora Mukuambi, from Khomas Region, for Bachelor of Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia

11. Linea Kayavala, from Ohangwena Region, for Bachelor of Electronic Engineering at the University of Namibia

12. Kaliketu Hashipara, from Otjozondjupa Region, for Bachelor of Electronic Engineering at the University of Namibia

13. Hawakeshe Kamwangha, from Oshana Region, for Bachelor of Telecommunication Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia

14. Ailonga Aupindi, also from Oshana Region, for Bachelor of Electronic Engineering at the Polytechnic of Namibia Telecom Namibia Managing Director Frans Ndoroma said the bursaries granted are but a small contribution to the national effort of deveolpoing the skills of young Namibians.

“We are giving these young people this opportunity because of an awareness that the achievement of our strategic objective of a sustainable, world-class company and the creation of a better life for all as encapsulated in Vision 2030 depends, in the long term, on the level of investment in quality education and training we are making today,”

Ndoroma said. Deputy Minister of Education Dr David Namwandi said that the handover of bursaries was a response to the clarion call to makeg education a shared responsibitly of all stakeholders.

“Each bursary awarded by coprorate Namibia strengthens our offensive on provery, unemployment and social exculsion, by providing learners from disadvantaged communities with an opputuinty to access quality education,” the deputy minister said. Dr Namwandi said Government has made great investments in education since independence 23 years ago, but that more still has to be done in ensuring that Namibians have the skills required by the economy.

“We are therefore proud of Telecom Namibia whose acts of corporate giving are geared towards making a difference in our society year-after-year, especially by creating opportunities for young Namibians to acquire skills needed to grow the economy and extricate our people from poverty,” he said.

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