BNC Namibia - Providing hope through education
The Bernhard Nordkamp Centre Educational After School Programme
There are 205 children participating in the programme, enrolled in local public schools, grades 1 to 10. They go to school in the morning and then come to the centre for lunch and after school classes in English (reading and writing) and Maths. They are taught by local Namibian teachers as well as International Volunteers.
The BNC objectives are to provide children with a balanced programme of activities which will meet their individual needs, but above all, will equip them to be positive, well educated and contributing adult members of society. To achieve this, the Centre provides a formal learning programme as well as opportunities for sporting and cultural activities. There is a youth choir, soccer, tennis, ping-pong, basketball, swimming, yoga and chess.
The BNC’s primary mission is to facilitate education as a means of combating the very eroding effects of poverty. That is the most solid foundation for developing healthy, positive and enthusiastic children firmly rooted in participation in quality education.
The success of the programme has been overwhelmingly positive. Children who were receiving marks in the 20’s and 30’s are now getting 70’s and 80’s. The grade 7 learners in our programme are getting accepted into some of the country’s top schools.
All the materials for the programme have come from international donations as well as local Namibian businesses. Each year the children receive school uniforms and stationery from funds donated through international charity organizations.
As the Director, my passion for education, sports and life is fueled by the hopes and dreams of the children and the youth I work with. My inspiration comes from knowing that these children and young adults will grow into the future leaders of Namibia, and they will set a high standard of moral and ethical values because they have been instilled with self esteem and personal dignity. They have a great sense of responsibility and a desire to “give forward” as they look around and see the changes they must make in their community and their country.
We walk hand in hand with the teachers, parents and caregivers, working together to create an environment that eliminates violence, hatred and ignorance and replaces it with knowledge, discipline, conflict resolution and teamwork.
MaryBeth Gallagher, Director
Hello and welcome to the website of the BNC in Katutura, Windhoek, Namibia
My name is Sophia and I am a Grade 7 student at the BNC, which is short for the Bernhard Nordkamp Centre, but MaryBeth and Grandma tell us that it is really short for the BEST NAMIBIAN CHILDREN so that's the one I like. I have been coming to the centre for 4 years now and have made lots of friends and met many volunteers from all over the world. I really enjoy the classes and my marks were so good in 2011 that I have been accepted by one of the best High Schools in Windhoek. For me that is a dream come true. I hope that you are reading this and thinking about coming to teach at the Centre so that you can help other kids make their dreams come true.
Thank you to our donors!
As the BNC relies on donations, we want to use this opportunity to thank all our donors and sponsors. Without you, the centre would not be existent. We do receive help in any form from all over the world - incredible! THANK YOU!!!!
Sponsoring a child is easy and so rewarding
Would you like to sponsor a child? It does not cost a lot but is a great help to our students and their families.
Your gift will mean that one more child will be able to go proudly to school in their new uniform, knowing that their school fees have been paid and that they will not be beaten because they do not have a pen.
Every dollar you donate will go directly to the child carefully chosen for your to support.
You will have the satisfaction of watching the progress and achievements of the child you sponsor.