De Beers Namibia supports Remote Learning efforts at Southern Campus

A donation of 15 new laptops was handed over to the University of Namibia by the mining company, De Beers Namibia Holdings, on 2 February 2022, in Windhoek. The donation is destined for the UNAM Southern Campus in Keetmanshoop.

De Beers Namibia’s Resident Director, Mr Daniel Kali, during a pleasant ceremony at the Main Campus, remarked that: “Due to the new reality of remote learning brought about by the pandemic, the company could not help but respond favorably to the request from the University of Namibia”.

The Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Frednard Gideon, expressed gratitude and appreciation towards De Beers Namibia for their continued and unwavering support to the UNAM Southern Campus. “At a time when teaching and learning has been dominated by online learning, you again stepped in to assist us with this generous donation of 15 laptops”, remarked Prof Gideon elatedly.

Accepting the donation on behalf of the Southern Campus, its Director, Prof. Lischen Haoses-Gorases remarked that; “With this donation, De Beers Namibia demonstrates the company’s commitment to the National Development Agenda of our country”.

She explained that the laptops donated to the Southern Campus will be used by staff to facilitate smooth online teaching and by students to access quality learning. “Our Head of Department has a list of students and staff selected to be the recipients of these electronic devices that will enable them to engage in effective research and innovation”, noted Prof. Haoses-Gorases.

De Beers Namibia Holdings is a longstanding partner of the University of Namibia, with staunch support directed towards the UNAM Southern campus since 2016, and has since produced a graduation output of 18 students up to 2021, which include one Masters’ student. Additionally, through their continued support, UNAM is expecting to graduate 11 more undergraduate students which will bring the total graduation output to 29 graduates this year.

“We are not turning back, remote learning is the new normal for the Higher Education Sector”, concluded the Acting Vice Chancellor, during the ceremony at the Main Campus.

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