Chinese embassy pledges 40 000 school bags to Namibian learners

Chinese embassy pledges 40 000 school bags to Namibian learners
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The Chinese embassy in Namibia on Friday pledged a donation of 40 000 school bags to be given for free to the different schools across the country.
Chinese ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming made the pledge at the official launch of the Sida Di/Goan programme at Kamanjab in the Kunene Region.
Yiming, at the event, said the Chinese Government availed N$100 000 this year towards the Sida Di/Goan initiative, which specialises in the repair of chairs and tables of schools in the region, using the expertise of 14 volunteers.
“Before September this year, we from the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation, plans to raise funds from the ordinary Chinese online, so that we can use the money to buy and donate 40 000 fully equipped panda pack schoolbags to learners in Namibia,” he said.
Yiming also said his government strongly believes that the future of any country lies in the hands of the young people, therefore, Yiming expressed his wish to see all school-going Namibians carry their books and other learning tools in secure schoolbags.
The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau, also handed over 1 387 new school mattresses to hostel dwellers in the Kunene Region in order to support the initiative.
The mattresses were purchased by the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources at a cost of over N$478 000.
The trust also donated 12 new computers to the Kunene Region’s Directorate of Education, worth over N$221 000.
Esau commended the Sida Di/Goan initiative, saying it is a gesture of commitment towards education for all in the country.