Michelle McLean Primary School, a proud landmark
Eighteen classrooms, a library, a gathering space, two restrooms, an office and administrative complex and a caretaker's home made up the first phase of the school. There were 493 learners enrolled at the opening in 2001. The second phase, which included a building with three classrooms and an ablution block, was finished and put into use in October 2004, in conjunction with the school's fourth anniversary. Currently, the school is home to 1 145 learners and 37 teachers, with a total of 24 classrooms. The school also has a soup kitchen that feeds about 277 learners.
While the school has come a long way, it is still in need of improvement, as it does not have a proper sports field for learners to run and enjoy as it offers soccer and netball as extramural activities.
During the school’s athletics events last month, McLean - who is the school's patron and was Miss Namibia 1991 and Miss Universe 1992 - called on donors to assist with the infrastructure improvement.
According to NBC Digital News, she said: “As much as the Michelle McLean Children Trust built the Michelle McLean Primary School and helped with donations from time to time, we really do depend - like all the other schools in Namibia - on many donations from the private sector. I am appealing to the private sector regarding building new classrooms, a new school hall as well as upgrading other facilities for all the children to enjoy".