The 6 – 14 year old pupils come from different ethnic groups and thus must learn mutual respect and tolerance. Many come from simple but also difficult social backgrounds. In September applicants are interviewed by the school management and places awarded on a number of merits, not purely academic. Almost every child completes Grade 7 at Otjikondo and goes on to high school, after which some go on to study at the University of Namibia. Many of the children later find employment, at whatever level of education they complete.

Success Stories
Our success is not measured by the number of pupils who go on to study at university but rather by the knowledge that we offer every child the chance of a fulfilling future.

  • Andreas Nawaseb, left school after failing Grade 10, now works at Hamakari Lodge, as a cook/barman.
  • Isai Shigwedha completed grade 12, now works at a local accounting firm and is studying by correspondence with (UNISA), to become an accountant.
  • Lahya Awala studied pharmacy at Cape Town University, before continuing to research HIV-1 drug development in the UK.

A small minority will be glad to have simply completed their primary education and to have been well-nurtured during their time at Otjikondo.

All Otjikondonians retain a lifetime’s worth of memories and keep in regular contact, many through Facebook.