Theo Klein, Telecom Namibia’s Managing Director handed over computers yesterday, 6 September 2017, to Hon. Lucia Witbooi, Deputy Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare.
In accepting the donation, Hon. Witbooi narrated the story when she first approached Telecom Namibia as a main sponsor of a Mother-Daughter event which was held in Gibeon in April 2017 to consider donating computers to a school at the village. “Had you not have the caring and sharing heart within your organisation this would not have been possible”, she said.
She made it clear that the request for computers was not part of the Ministry’s programme, but rather her personal initiative to assist one of the disadvantaged schools in her home village.
The Deputy Minister expressed her deep sense of gratitude to Telecom Namibia for the donation, saying that the computers will be officially handed over to the Hendrik Witbooi Secondary School at Gibeon to enable the school to harness communications technology in a learning environment.
“I am pleased to convey my gratitude to Telecom Namibia for the donation turned over today. I believe in partnerships as Government alone cannot address the needs of all our people on its own,” she said.
Telecom MD commended the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare for its commitment to uplift women and children in society, and do so with partners. “We will continue to build on that partnership and see how we can assist one another for the betterment of our children and women in Namibia”, Klein said.
The donation of computers is part of Telecom Namibia’s effort to empower communities and people for development by enhancing their connection to 21st century technologies. Today, the Internet is changing the way learning is done, business is conducted, politics is pursued, culture is shared, and individuals communicate with each other. Therefore, Telecom Namibia strongly believes that not only will access to technology improve education levels of the children, but it will help socialise and prepare them for employment in an increasingly digital world.
The donation of the computers was made possible by Telecom Namibia’s business partners, Business Connexion and Cornastone.