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New Era Newpaper Wednesday October 4, 2017

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12 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, October 4 2017 | NEW ERA Tujamee is Epukiro JSS Dux Learner Kae MaÞunÿu-Tjiparuro Windhoek Tujamee Tjinape, a Grade 9 learner, is the 2017 Dux Learner of the Epukiro Junior Secondary School following the school’s award ceremony last Friday in the settlement of Omauezonjanda in the Epukiro Constituency. The second top performer of the school this year is Charleen Ndisiro, a tenth grader, with Tjizamejuva Mbahepa, an eighth grader, the third top performer. Tjinape achieved a total of 40 points in her six best subjects including English, Ndisiro scored 39 points and Mbahepa 38 points. Tjinape received a trophy and N0 courtesy of a local farmer, Dr. Kavemunu Kaakuha. Kaandjaneke Kauami (Grade 10) Readathon: understanding and pleasure inehas Nakaziko indhoek osting an event such as eadathon at school inspires earners to reading with ot only understanding but njoyment too. This is the impression f Becca Undjivanga, a rade 7 learner from the St arnabas Primary School n Katutura. He was one of undreds of learners from he school who gathered at he Katutura Community all last Friday when the chool celebrated Readahon Day. The day was osted under the theme Read with a Purpose, Ways f Saving Water. David efas, also in Grade 7 at he same school, says he has earned a lot, including how mportant water is. “I never knew water as that important to our ives, apart from drinking nd cooking with it,” says efas, adding that he will is the Sportsman of the Year. The top ten performers in each grade were also recognised with the top three achievers in each grade being also specially recognised. Learner distinguishing themselves in their respective subjects are Orban Tjingaete (Grade 10) who achieved 97% in Otjiherero; Ngundjizuva Makari (Grade 9) with 96% in Geography and Joshua Upingansana (Grade 8) who obtained 83% in Otjiherero. The top three learners in the subject agriculture were also recognised specially with the top achiever in this subject receiving two doves and N from Mbuzi Vet Supply. Each of the learners in the top 10 achievers in each grade received cosmetics worth N courtesy of Lifeline Clinic while teachers in their individual every drop of water. The learners performed various activities such as dancing, reading poems and drama, which were all geared towards focusing on saving water in view of the country’s current water shortage. The learners were also encouraged to teach their parents at home on what they have learned on the day. The Readathon Day is an annual national celebration organised by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture to highlight the importance of reading. The main aim of the event is to encourage children – even reluctant readers – to read for pleasure. Learners can read whatever they like, including electronic books, or just listen to stories. But for this year, learners were tasked to Staff Reporter Windhoek Achievers…Best performing learners of the Epukiro Junior Secondary last Friday in the village of Omauezonjanda in the Epukiro Constituency. Picture: Epukiro JSS. Photos: Contributed subjects were also recognised with the principal, Sagarias Tjivahe Uanivi, sponsoring awards for the best teacher in each of the three Mariental Primary School is the winner of the quiz competition with the D.D. Guibeb Primary School in the second place, Danie Joubert Combined School in the in third place and Sonop Primary School fourth. Danie Joubert CS in turn won the 1st prize in the debating competition with Mariental SSS scooping the second place, Mariental Gymnasium Private School in third place and Empelheim Junior Secondary School fourth place. grades. The Eastern Epukiro Farmers Association (EEFA) contributed N00 and Omaheke Agri and General Dealer N00 towards to the top ten achievers in each of the three grades. The Epukiro Supermarket donated N0 towards the meals for the parents who turned up for the awards, the same as each of the members of the school board. Other gifts towards the learners included sets, English pocket dictionaries, rulers, pencils and erasers from Nangol Trading Enterprises cc while Pele Kasume sponsored school bags. More than 80 parents attended the event which by school’s standard in terms of parents attendance was an all time record the attendance of parents at school events being usually in the range of 20 people or below. The school has a population of 360 learners. Mariental PS, Danie Joubert CS win competitions Participating schools… Photo: Contributed To commemorate the Namibian Heritage Week, the National Heritage and bating and quiz competition last week. Learners got together to debate cultural ence of social media on culture, the and preservation of culture in a fastgrowing world in terms of technology. The quiz took place on September 19 and the debate on September 20 at the directorate of education hall. The debating competition attracted learners from the four local high schools here, Danie Joubert Combined School (Grade 8, 9 and 10 learners), Empelheim JSS, Mariental Gymnasuim Private School and Mariental SSS, while the quiz competiton attracted learners from four local primary schools, Danie Joubert CS (Grade 6-7 learners), D D. #Guibeb PS, Mariental PS and Sonop PS. Altogether 28 learners took part in these competitions. The heritage week activities were attended by close to 150 community members, learners and staff members of different line ministries. Unam law students take care of vulnerable children Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Final-year law students from the University of Namibia (Unam), calling themselves The Moppet Minders, recently spent a day with vulnerable kids at the Hope Initiative Centre in Okahandja Park informal settlement and taught them about their constitutional rights. The children from the poor slums were also informed about what they entitled to in their own country and how they can assert these rights by making use of play therapy. More than 50 children from the cen- organised under the guidance of the Unam Legal Aid Clinic. The children were provided with elementary skills which can help them enter the formal schooling system. Apart from that, guardians and parents who escorted their little ones to the centre, received a short presentation about children rights, as well as possible sources of funding for the children for their welfare and schooling. The children were treated to lots of fun like games, including a jumping castle, and were provided with snacks such as hotdogs and popcorns. The centre offers pre-education as well as bridging programme for less privileged children who did not get the opportunity to enroll in formal schools, preparing them for future formal education. The Moppet Minders helped the caregivers with how they can take of children, including making them aware of these children’s right to education, protection and care by both parents, the available grants, the role of the Legal Assistance Centre, and the issue of public policy, vis-à-vis fundamental human rights. Community care…Vulnerable and orphaned children receiving moppets and snacks from the Moppet Minders of the University of Namibia (Unam) at Okahandja Park recently.

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