Sanlam Vision for Change Project has given pupils, in the Omusati Region, with eye-sight problems prescription glasses to make it easier for them to learn.
Simion Haiyambo, the principal of John Pandeni Combined School said: “Our school was one of the three selected schools [that] Sanlam chose to benefit through the project, and as a school, we decided that Magdalene should be one of the selected pupils because she has a very severe condition,” he explained.
He also revealed that more than 150 pupils were selected.
“They are more than 150, and all of them were screened and will be receiving spectacles, with all the expenses paid by Sanlam. The parents and the school will not pay anything,” he added.
Programme manager for the Sanlam project, Hilaria Graig, said the initiative was started because bad eyesight led to poor performances, and the project was there to tackle that problem.
“Through this project, we have come to realise that many children throughout Namibian schools require prescription glasses. However, this problem cannot be addressed by Sanlam alone”.
“We hope that other stakeholders will see what we have done, and also come on board with similar projects,” said Graig.
Since its launch, the project has been able to assist pupils eyecare from Windhoek High School, Jan Jonker Afrikaner Secondary School, Hage Geingob Secondary School, Duneside High School, Kuisebmond Secondary School, Coastal High School, Swakopmund Secondary School, David Sheehama Senior School, Errki Tauya Junior Secondary School and John Pandeni Combined School.