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STEM CLASSES FOR NAMIBIAN YOUTH

31/05/2019

A group of 30 learners from various Secondary Schools around Windhoek surrounded leaders of Olupandu Foundation and Mr Timothy Jones an American technopreneur and youth development couch

On Thursday, 23 May 2019, a group of 30 learners from various Secondary Schools around Windhoek gathered at the International University of Management (IUM) to benefit from the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiative that was organised by Olupandu Foundation. Olupandu Foundation is a Namibian community-based membership Organisation which seeks to uplift and sustain the livelihood of children, youth, and low income people through community skills development activities.

Addressed by Timothy Jones, an American technopreneur and a youth development couch in Technology said his overall goal was to help Namibia become the economic leader in the Sub-Saharan Africa region through technology initiatives which will lower the Unemployment Rate and Human Poverty Index. He said further that he would like to implement an e-Mentor programme for school learners in Namibia.

Jones further said the STEM programme was helpful because Namibian school learners were getting the same STEM technology classes as the United States school learners and there was thus no gap between them. He felt good and energized to help the learners as this was his passion.

Eveline Mwandingi, a grade 9B learner at Augustineum Secondary School said the programme was interesting and educative as it was a great opportunity because they did not have computers at their school; only text books.

She further said further that as it was her first time to use computer, she learned a lot from the programme.

Mwandingi pointed out that her dream was to become a teacher one day.