On September 3rd, “Hope Project in Africa” of China Youth Development Foundation (CYDF) launched its 23rd primary school, the largest one yet, in Omaheke region, Namibia.The school was officially delivered to Namibia and put into use after Yan Shi, the director of CYDF Hope Primary School department and the representative from Namibian Ministry of Education and Culture signed the project transfer documents.
The primary school is named ‘China Tojoy Hope Primary School’(中国天九幸福希望小学) on completion of 8-month construction. Located near the boarder of Namibia and Botswana (400 km from the capital of Namibia), the school covers 1,500㎡ with 13 classrooms, offices for teachers, a multi-functional room and a playground. Before the establishment of this school, local pupils had to walk as far as 10 km to school. Currently, the school can receive a maximum of 600 students from ten towns and villages in the area.
‘Project Hope in Africa’ (希望工程走进非洲）was jointly started by CYDF, the Eminent Chinese Enterprises and Entrepreneurs Association, and China Tojoy Holding Group (中国天九幸福控股公司）in 2011. The project aims to stimulate education development in several African countries, and improve the learning environment in financially challenged rural areas via infrastructural construction,teaching facility installment and volunteer dispatch. Up to August 2015, ‘Project Hope in Africa’ has received 40 million RMB donation,built 23 Hope Primary Schools in five African Countries, and served over 10,000 African pupils in Tanzania, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda and Namibia.