The Southern Times, in association with Standard Bank Namibia and ELM Consultants, this week awarded prizes to winners of its educational competitions under the Smart Study initiative.
The three partners came up with the initiative to provide students in Namibia and across the region an opportunity to carry out further studies in Mathematics, English Language and Science.
The Southern Times carried Smart Study in the last four months of 2011 and, following the success of the first run, is looking to continue with the initiative in 2012.
Twenty-eight students who correctly completed various exercises throughout the course of Smart Study last Wednesday received their prizes from the sponsor, Standard Bank Namibia, at The Southern Times' premises in Windhoek.
The winners won savings accounts at Standard Bank with R500 each as an opening balance.
Dr Ben Mulongeni, the chairperson of Namzim –publishers of The Southern Times – said it was encouraging to find that young people were reading newspapers.
He called on the youth to cultivate a culture of reading, saying this would contribute significantly to the development of Namibia, the region and Africa at large.
Dr Mulongeni thanked Standard Bank for supporting the education sector and promoting a reading culture.
“We are looking forward to running Smart Study again in 2012 and further contributing to Africa's development,” he said.
Judy Judge, an educational consultant with ELM Consultants, oversaw compilation of Smart Study with The Southern Times' designer, Monica Smith.
Judge said the goal was to get students interested in reading for leisure and self-enhancement.
She said The Southern Times Smart Study set an example to all in the private sector on how to contribute to governments' efforts to boost education.
Auriel Aweries, marketing manager at Standard Bank Namibia, said Smart Study tied in with one of their institutional objectives of supporting development through education.