THE RÖSSING FOUNDATION LIBRARY SERVICES
The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture’s community library based in Windhoek provided different types of new books to the Ondangwa Centre towards the end of 2018. The gesture is a classic example that the partnership is working.
The Rössing Foundation libraries continue to provide information to the general communities in Arandis, Ondangwa and Swakopmund. The learners, teachers and community members come to be library to study, do research, homework and to work on projects.
The learners at all the centre libraries were assisted with the following activities:
- To apply their further studies through online programmes at UNAM and NUST prior the admission for next year.
- Supported with basic computer training to enable them to acquire computer skills at an early age.
- Learners who attended holiday classes were orientated to the library resources and services.
- Learners at the Junior Library were assisted with their homework and projects with the aim to prepare learners for examinations.
- Ten Correctional Officers continued to attend basic computer training focusing on the introduction to computers and Microsoft software programs. This was the last group for the year and the next intake will be in February 2019.
The Rössing Foundation libraries continue to provide information to the general communities in Arandis, Ondangwa and Swakopmund. The learners, teachers and community members come to the libraries to study, do research, homework and other projects.
The Rössing Foundation librarians organised a Readathon for 150 learners from the local schools.
The Readathon was held under the theme “Adult Learners: Promoting Literacy Development Skills”. The Regional Chief Librarian from the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Ms Natalia Guriras, was invited to deliver a key note address. In her speech, she promoted the Rössing Foundation libraries by informing attendees that teachers and learners are welcome to utilise the libraries.
The librarians also set up a special schedule and ensured that each learner read a book during the Readathon week. In addition, librarians read a stories and sensitise the learners on the importance of conserving energy, promoting the message “Read Namibia: power saved is power generated, brighten the future”.
Ms Magdalena Antonio volunteered to teach English to grade 10 learners during holiday sessions at the Ondangwa Centre.
Mr Desmond Marongwe teaching Mathematics to grade 12 learners during holiday sessions at the Ondangwa Centre.
Learners busy with Mathematical practical assessments at the Tamariskia Centre.
Holiday Classes Support Initiatives
The purpose of the holiday classes is to consolidate the school work done during the preceding trimesters at schools. The focus during the school holiday was on grades 10 and 12 for the Senior Secondary phase, and as can be derived from the data, many learners from different schools and regions flocked to the Rössing Foundation centres to benefit from this rare support programmes in Namibia.
Walvis Bay and at the Tamariskia Centre for Kuisebmond Secondary School and Okakarara Senior Secondary School. The table below shows the number of learners who were supported during the August 2018 holiday classes in Erongo Region.
In total, 1,048 learners were supported at the Arandis and Tamariskia Centres during the 2018 school holidays. Learners came from various schools such as Atlantic Junior Secondary School, Jan Mohr Secondary School, Delta Secondary School, Otjiwarongo Secondary School, Oshikoto Senior Secondary school, Coastal High School and Da Palm Secondary School.
It is essential to note that learners from different regions such as Ohangwena, Oshana, Oshikoto, Omusati and Otjozondjupa came in big numbers to attend holiday classes in English, Physical Science, Mathematics and Biology at all the Rössing Foundation centres.