During the holidays the small village Mangetti Dune looks extinct. When the hostel pupils and the teachers are with their families in their home villages it is ghastly quiet and empty on the small sandy pathways winding between the huts.
So that the few remaining children were not bored we invited a sports teacher whom we met during our visitor’s week at a primary school at Grootfontain which is about 200 km away.
Within half an hour the news spread in the whole village. So many children assembled on the school yard that we could start a small football tournament with several teams. From now on the boys met twice each day to play football and the girls played netball regularly. This is a very well-known sport in Namibia and resembles basketball. The teacher trained the children during the remaining two holiday weeks.
As the athleticism went on after the end of the holidays some teachers of the Mangetti Dune Primary School agreed gladly to continue the training.
The children became really infected with football fever. Without hesitation the teacher of the third grade took the children aside and removed thornbush and other scrub from a big sand plain behind the school. When Hand in Hand for Africa e.V. donated two goals the joy became tremendous and the project “football ground” was successful.
Dorina and I proposed to arrange a workshop with the subject “Positive Discipline” for the teachers at the beginning of the school year. Bruce Parcher of the Namibia Association Norway (NAMAS) was in charge of the workshop and explained on the basis of an UNESCO publication how important it is for the motivation of pupils and teachers to focus on positive behavior.
One week after start of term we received very good news. Tsumkwe, about 100 km distant, agreed to provide a generator for electricity supply for the school. When the generator arrived and was installed the joy about light and electricity was great. Thereby the quality of life on the school grounds was increased considerably. In honor of the occasion we arranged a disco night with some of the teachers and hostel residents.
Kind regards from the autumnally colorful bushland