The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) joined hands with the National Commission on Research, Science & Technology (NCRST) by sponsoring N$50,000.00 towards the recently concluded Namibia Mathematics Olympiad (NMO) 2021, which took place in Windhoek.
The entity played a pivotal role in the realization of the first ever Namibia Mathematic Olympiad (NMO) 2021, by collaborating with other co-sponsors such as the Embassy of Italy, based in Pretoria, South Africa, the Petroleum Training and Education Fund (PETROFUND), the London Mathematical Society, the Ministry of Education Arts and Culture, the University of Namibia, and the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
The Namibia Mathematics Olympiad is an annual event where all high school learners compete against each other to solve mathematical problems. The purpose of the NMO is to promote mathematics in general, and popularize science and technology among our students, community, and educators. It is a vehicle to encourage and challenge mathematically gifted young people to take a more active interest in the study of science by providing an opportunity for students to show case their knowledge.
The competition was conducted in 3 rounds: School (round 1), Regional (round 2), and the National Level (round 3). The NMO 2021 lasted more than 8 months before the hosting of the award ceremony on 17 March 2022. NMO 2021 witnessed the participation of 98 schools and 2026 secondary learners countrywide.
Speaking to Ms Albertina Ngurare, Acting Chief Executive Officer at NCRST said that “NAMPORT was very responsive towards our request for sponsorship hence a contribution of N$50,000.00 which was an invaluable support towards the development and promotion of Mathematics education in the country”.
Speaking on behalf of the Ports Authority, Human Capital Executive, Ms Johanna Hatutale said, Namport through its Social Fund Investment has in the past financial year (2021/2022) invested more than N$350,000.00 in the education fraternity alone. “As an entity we remain steadfast in our resolute to form collaborative relationships with stakeholders that are involved in the development of the Namibian Child”, stated Ms Hatutale.