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High hopes as Star For Life launches its programme in Ohangwena Region, Namibia.

posted 15 Jul 2014, 08:13 by ntobeko dlamini

With the high rate of teenage pregnancy, school dropouts, poverty and prevalence of HIV & AIDS among high school learners in Ohangwena Region in Namibia, learners in the region are set to reach their dreams and are keenly optimistic about the future as Star For Life launches its programme in two schools in the region; Eenhana & Ondebe Secondary school.


                                   Learners at Eenhana Secondary School during the raising of the flag at the event.

The Director of Education Miss Sanet Steenkamp together with the Governor in the region, Hon. Usko Nghaamwa were the guests of honour at the launch of the programme at Eenhena Secondary School on the 23 of June 2014. Director of Education, Sanet Steenkamp said SFL is committed to empower young people in becoming better citizens of the country. “This programme being launched here at the school here today is aimed at motivating you as learners to become self disciplined in order for you to excel in your school work. We have chosen Eenhana Secondary School because it’s known as an unruly school in the region. We now hope that the SFL programme will inspire most of you to value and learn more about health and reproductive health.”

                                                     Learners dancing at Eenhana performing at the launch.


The principal of Eehnana High School couldn’t hide her excitement; Mrs. Rebecca Shipa said it has always been their dream as a school to have a Star For Life programme in the school. “It’s such a great privilege and a pleasure to have Star For Life intervening in the school. SFL has a good history helping schools to transform themselves into better performing schools both in Namibia and South Africa, we are beyond excited to welcome the programme in the school,” said Mrs. Rebecca Shipa.


The SFL Country Manager in Namibia, Evelina Kalenga said Star For Life aims to motivate learners, boost their self-esteem as well as to ensure that they maintain a healthy lifestyle. “We want you to be aware of yourself worth, we want you to reach your dreams despite the challenges and obstacles you’re faced with. We will provide you with a Life Skills Coach who will help you to deal with whatever obstacle that you may encounter while building your dreams”.


“We also wish to extend our greatest gratitude to the Ministry of Education in Ohangwena region in partnership with GIZ Namibia (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) for sponsoring the SFL programme in this region of Namibia, it is with organizations like GIZ that we are able to provide the programme in schools.”