Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila formally launched the fundraising campaign and praised the project for bringing tertiary education closer to the community in the Ohangwena Region.
“At the outset, I wish to commend NUST for continuing to expand its reach to the outer lying areas to many of our youth who are still without access to tertiary education institutions,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila before announcing her donation of N$10 000 towards the project.
The Ohangwena region has approximately 270 schools with a learner population of about 115 000. This translates to the Ohangwena region being one of the most densely populated regions in Namibia with limited access to higher education according to the Minister of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi.
“The NUST Eenhana Campus Project fulfils the Government’s policy of taking higher education to the masses. For NUST, the envisaged Eenhana Campus is historic and very special in that it will be the first fully fledged NUST campus in another region of our country,” she elaborated.
More the N$2 million was raised for the establishment of the NUST Eenhana Campus during the launch event.
“This event signifies the progress we have made as a nation, in the development of our country and people since independence, especially in the area of education,” said Former President, Dr Hifikepunye Pohamba, Patron of the NUST Eenhana Satellite Campus. The Former President also pledged an amount of N$100 000 to support the project.
In total, an amount of N$1.2 billion is needed to setup the NUST Eenhana campus over a period of ten years.
Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma, was also present at the launch, and he pledged an amount of N$5000.00 towards the project. “We will overcome challenges when we work together as a team, because a people united, striving to achieve a common goof for all members of society will always emerge victorious,” Dr Nujoma said.
Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and her family donated 120 academic books to the NUST Eenhana campus library, as well as an amount of N$10 000.
NUST Vice-Chancellor, Dr Erold Naomab, pledged N$5000. He indicated that teaching and learning will commence at the Eenhana Campus in 2022.
“The Billy William Mwaningange Rural Development Centre (BWMRDC) until the finalisation of construction of the NUST campus at Eenhana,” Dr Naomab explained.
In the meantime, The BWMRDC will be utilised as the NUST Eenhana satellite campus until the finalisation of the construction on land donated by the Eenhana Town Council, measuring 21 hectars valued at more than N$40 million.
Notable donors include NAMDIA (N$500 000), Rani Group of Companies (N$300 000), Rhino Group (N$300 000), Usko Nghaamwa (N$100 000), Jonas Haushuan Supermarket (N$40 000), NAMPORT (N$30 000), Hangala Group (N$30 000), Twapewa Kadhikwa (N$30 000), Steven Unoovene - Build It (N$25 000), David Shimwino (N$20 000), Mandume Kaulinge and Dr Margret Kaulinge (N$20 000).