Sanlam last week officially handed over renovated facilities at Haimbili Haufiku Senior Secondary School as part of its latest Corporate Social Responsibility Project known as the Sanlam Blue Ladder Schools Programme.
The project which the company initiated as part of its 100 year birthday this year, is aimed at addressing a variety of issues such infrastructure development, learner, teacher and school management capacity building, creating lasting partnerships and skills development at identified schools.
Haimbili Haufiku is the first beneficiary school of the three year project which will see one school from a different region benefit each year with similar assistance being provided.
As part of the project, Sanlam through its partnership with the Eenhana Vocational Training Centre (EVTC) renovated among other things the Biology and Physical Science laboratories, the computer lab and library at the school.
In response to the schools urgent need for ICT studies, Sanlam handed over 15 brand new state of the art computers to the school.
The company further partnered with the NUST and UNAM library and donated over 1000 books for the school library.
Speaking at the event, Sanlam Group CEO Tertius Stears, said, “Sanlam takes cognisance of the fact that Namibia’s developmental backlog is immense, and that it will take the combined efforts of government, business and civil society to implement considered, focused and sustainable initiatives to improve the well-being of all sectors of our society”.
He further added that “Sanlam chose to invest in the education sector because education helps to increase people’s awareness of opportunities and scope for advancement. It also empowers them with the ability to seize these advancements and opportunities”.
Sanlam is a proud corporate citizen and has been supporting several projects in the areas of Education, Health and Welfare, Sport development and entrepreneurial development.
Through its corporate social responsibility projects, Sanlam has among others supported Namibian students from disadvantaged backgrounds with assistance to pursue their tertiary education through the Sanlam bursary scheme, assisted learners from seven different schools to obtain prescription glasses through its Sanlam Vision for Change project and assisted young entrepreneurs set up functioning businesses through its Sanlam Innovation Works programme
Speaking at the same occasion Deputy Minister of Education Hon. Ester Anna Nghipondoka, thanked Sanlam for its continued support towards the Ministry of Education acknowledging that the company has been a friend and partner of education for many years through its various programmes. Among others in attendance at the event was the Ohangwena Regional Governor Hon. Usko Nghamwa, the Mayor of Eenhana his Worship Amos Nangolo, teachers and learners of Haimbili Haufiku and the general school Community.
Going forward into 2019, Sanlam will, with the support of the Ministry of Education, identify another needy school to benefit from the project.
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