Joining hands for education

Capricorn commits to Project Never Walk Alone
Jemimah Ndebele
The Capricorn Foundation continues to extend a helping hand to the education sector with its recent commitment to Project Never Walk Alone. In Namibia, thousands of children in both urban and rural areas are seen going to school barefoot. This is a narrative the Project Never Walk Alone wants to change.

“A pair of shoes is not a luxury but a basic need, to protect their feet and their confidence. Project Never Walk Alone is a national call to do the right thing for the right reasons. A child without shoes is normally one of the most visible signs of poverty. Children who get to school without shoes are always at risk of being teased and undermined by their friends. It affects their self-confidence and they lack hope, which affects their purpose of life in the long run.

“To date, the project has donated 6 290 pairs of shoes in six regions. We are proud to partner with the Capricorn Foundation on the latest handover of shoes,” said project founder Tim Ekandjo.

On 24 November, the foundation, through Project Never Walk Alone, donated a total of 350 pairs of shoes to learners from Groot Aub Primary School, Chairman Mao Zedong High School and St. Andrews Primary School in the Khomas Region, valued at N$100 000.

“Through various partnerships with organisations that focus on education, Capricorn Foundation has reached over 7 000 children this year in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, enabling them with school materials, online learning and nutritional support, while equipping teachers through training. The foundation is pleased to restore the dignity of the Namibian child by donating school shoes to vulnerable children, linking back to our group’s purpose of being ‘connectors of positive change’,” said Marlize Horn, the foundation’s executive officer.