The top grade 11 pupils of high schools in Swakopmund, Walvis Bay and Lüderitz were pleasantly surprised with “special dictionaries” as prizes for their excellent scholastic performance earlier this week. After being told in great detail that the dictionaries were especially imported from abroad, and that the learners had to take special care of them, the pupils were stunned to find the latest tablet computer in their prize bags and not a dictionary.
Addressing the learners and their teachers Manica Group Namibia’s PR and Marketing manager, Nolito Marques noted that the company is proud to celebrate its 90th anniversary this year and wanted schools to share in its celebrations.
“Over the past nine decades many of our staff members attended your schools and we wanted to share the celebrations with the coastal schools by acknowledging the best performers in grade 11,” he explained.
“The group’s founder, Theodore Tetje Woker believed that one should follow your dreams no matter the challenges you encounter. It is this same message that we wish to impart to you. Always remember that you are only as good as your last achievement. So keep improving, keep aiming to do better. May this small gesture of your good performance encourage you to reach further heights, and inspire the lower grades in your schools to emulate your example,” Marques told the learners.
The total cost of the tablet prizes for the best learners amounted to N$45,000. Manica also donated vouchers with the total value of more than N$25,000 to secondary and primary schools in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay where its staff members’ children attend school. The vouchers are awarded to the best performers in various other grades.
The school prizes form part of Manica’s corporate social responsibility drive. Some of the other exciting projects which have been launched this year include a special vegetable garden for the Sunshine Centre and the conversion of containers into a classroom at the Mondesa Youth Organisation school in Swakopmund.
Photo caption: “The top grade 11 learners of schools in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.”
(Pro-Ed Akedemie – Lehandrie van Schalkwyk, Westside High School – Aaron Benguela, De Duine Secondary School – Lee-Anne Soroses, International School – Cara Allen, Swakopmund Secondary School – Rivaldo Richter, Namib High School – Cara Reddig, Walvis Bay Private High School – Duane Feris, Kuisebmond Secondary School – Bernard Johannes, Dolphin Schools – Clara Liebenberg, Duneside High School – Eusebio van Reenen. )