6 NEWS Wednesday, November 1 2017 | NEW ERA Japan bankrolls new classrooms at Auas Improvement… Grade 2 learners of Auas Primary School during the inauguration of a block of four new classrooms. Photo: Nampa “These are among the many factors that negatively affect the teaching and learning activities and ultimately the performance of our learners.” – Hanse-Himarwa WINDHOEK A new block of four classrooms and a storeroom w a s i n a u g u r a t e d on Monday at the A u a s P r i m a r y School in Katutura. The new classrooms were built with a Japanese government g r a n t a m o u n t i n g to N9,049 to accommodate 144 learners in Grade 2 who currently attend school from 12h00 to 17h00. The school was established in 1969 and accommodates 1,252 learners from pre-primary to Grade 7. Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to Namibia Hideyuki Sakamoto said his government gave the grant to ensure that the double session system is phased out and to provide a more conducive e n v i r o n m e n t f o r learners and teachers. “This highlights continuously growing cooperation between Japan and Namibia, and Japan’s commitment to contribute towards n a t i o n - b u i l d i n g of Namibia,” Sakamoto said. the new building, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse- Himarwa said the shortage of classrooms had led the ministry to look for alternatives like tents to provide space for children. She noted that the teaching times had to be shortened to allow learners to walk back home during daylight. “These are among the many factors that negatively affect the teaching and learning activities and ultimately the performance of our learners,” Hanse- Himarwa said. – Nampa
Wednesday, October 25 2017 | NEW ERA NEWS 7 Opportunities galore at Tsumeb Copper Festival Obrein Simasiku Omuthiya The 2017 Tsumeb Copper Festival has lined up exciting activities, which opened with the crowning of Miss Copper Festival to mark the beginning of the jubilee. A women summit will be held at the Oxford hotel today. “The women summit presents a platform to all women to come together and share ideas on how to grow the common economic agenda. We mostly encourage those disadvantaged women entrepreneurs to come forth and learn from others that have made it through,” said Julius Gaeseb, the chairperson of the organising committee. Public calls for social media education campaign WINDHOEK Members of the public last Thursday called for an education campaign on social media ethics to educate people on the dangers of violating other people’s human rights. The call was made during a public lecture that focused on ‘Social media ethics: unpacking digital vigilantism as a hindrance of media information literacy’ at the University of Namibia (UNAM)’s main campus here. “There is a need for education programmes and campaigns that will educate citizens on social media ethics and legislations so that they are aware [that] unethical acts are in violation of other’s human rights,” one audience participant at the public lecture said. According to Dr Sadrag Shihomeka, a UNAM lecturer in Research and Educational Technologies – who gave the key presentation, for unethical, political, anti-social Shihomeka recommended for an introduction of Digital Vigilance as a unit in the teacher-training programme at university level and as a refresher course for in-service teachers to promote digital and social media literacy among citizens. He also suggested the appoint- implementation and interaction with local citizens. “I have observed that people take out their frustrations online in a way to correct perceived societal wrongdoings and engage in social control of the people they feel need to be brought to justice or corrected,” Shihomeka said. He stressed the need for people to be sensitive and put themselves in the shoes of the victims of online shaming and inappropriate online exposure. He also said such people should think of the effect and personal consequences such behaviour might have on the third parties, such as their families. Shihomeka made reference to the case of a parent who was “exposed” on social media, saying the children of these individuals usually fall vic- Gaeseb said a business conference is also planned for Friday at the Kufferquelle resort, where partners in business are expected to meet. “There will be presentations from Namibia Chambers of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), AgriBank and various other institutions on capacity said Gaeseb, who further said the tim to bullying in addition to feeling powerless about a situation that affects them directly but was not of their making. “We are losing our morals. We tend to ignore the traditions, cultural values and norms that shape our well-being and existence on earth. There is nothing normal about these acts. They are pure dehumanising, violence and sexual harassment,” he said. The public lecture was held in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Khomas Regional Council, the United Nations Cultural Organization, the Namibia University of Science and Technology and the International University of Management. - Nampa summit and conference will be free of charge except the entrance fee to the festival venue, which will see kids paying N and adults N. “Those will be the entrance fees to the copper festival venue for the whole week. However, on Saturday it will be N across the board because of the music bash to be hosted. This year, we also incorporated sports activities such as soccer, volleyball, and netball, which will also cost N0 for registration. In addition, there will be Windhoek spinners who will light up the event at New Delhi Service Station,” stated Gaeseb. “This year, we are bringing fun and diversifying activities to carter for everyone that would be attending. I would like to assure the public that there will be maximum security to ensure safety for all our visitors,” asserted Gaeseb. Some of the notable sponsors are as Dundee Precious Metals, Standard Bank, NamPost, Shipanga Holdings, Cenored, Build It, Moruti Ok foods and First National Bank. Meanwhile, Minister of Rural and Urban Development, Sophia Shaningwa. Surprise… Ironically, the former Katima CEO Nawa Charles Nawa, with the megaphone, read the petition on behalf of Katima Mulilo residents who demonstrated recently at the town over their houses that were demolished by the town council. Photo: Aron Mushaukwa OTJINENE VILLAGE COUNCIL (OVC) CONDOLENCES PROCUREMENT MANAGEMENT UNIT Invitation for Open National Bids Procurement Reference No: W/ONB/OVC-04/2017 CONSTRUCTION OF MUNICIPAL INFRASTRUCTURE (GRAVEL ROAD AND ERF CONNECTIONS) – PHASE 7 Bernadette Birisamus 6 April 1965 - 21 October 2017 It is with great sadness that we learned about the passing away of our valued colleague Bernadette Birisamus who has been working at the NamPost Walvisbay Post Office for 28 years. The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Namibia Post Limited wish to offer their deepest condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. 1. Bids are invited from registered and competent Namibian Civil Engineering Contractors through Open National Bidding (ONB) procedures for Construction of Municipal Infrastructure (Gravel Road and Water and Sewer Erf Connections) in Otjinene. Preference will be given to SMEs. 2. Bid Documents are available for collection from Wednesday, 01 November 2017, after 12h00 at Otjinene Village Council, Procurement Department. 3. Interested Bidders can purchase a complete set of Bidding Documents at a non-refundable fee of N$ 2500.00 at Otjinene Village Council by cash. 4. A compulsory Pre-Bid meeting will be held on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 at 10:30am at the Otjinene Village Council Boardroom and followed by a Site Visit. 5. Bids must be enclosed in an envelope (clearly marked as indicated in Section 1- Instructions to Bidders) and delivered to Otjinene Village Council on or before Thursday, 30 November 2017 at 11h00am. A Bid-Securing Declaration must accompany all bids. Enquiries (Procurement) Mr. Engelhardt Kaahangoro Otjinene Village Council (OVC) Tel : +264 62 567 534 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Enquiries (Technical) WCE Consulting Engineers Tel : +264 61 370 924 May God grant you strength during this difficult time of bereavement. We Deliver More.