New DHPS gym officially opened!
For almost a year, the campus life of the Deutsche Höhere
Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) centred on the extensive gym renovations.
Yesterday (9 April 2018), the completed gym was officially handed over to the
school management during the opening ceremony.
The reconstruction project was funded by the Foreign Office
of the Federal Republic of Germany with 1, 2 million Euros (approximately 17
million Namibian Dollars). What emerged is the most modern gym in Namibia.
The reconstruction work included an extension of about 9
metres and ceiling elevation of about 1.5 metres, a secured spectator area, additional
material storage for sports equipment, two partitioning curtains and integrated
fixtures for sports equipment (basketball baskets, climbing walls, etc.). The sanitary
facilities were completely renovated, while the electrical and technical
equipment, safety glass and the floors were replaced.
Particularly important for the DHPS as an inclusive school
of encounter: the gym itself, the spectator stands, dressing rooms and sanitary
facilities grant barrier-free accessibility.
‘The gym is the classroom in which every single learner is taught
to move, have fun and develop his or her personality in addition to athletic
ability. Even our kindergarten and pre-school kids play and frolic about in the
gym. In the lessons and in our afternoon extra-mural offer, we try to convey
the sense and fun of lifelong engagement in sports to all our learners. For
this reason, each single Dollar and Euro spent for the renovation of our gym is
a significant and sustainable investment in the future of this country and the young
people. Our special thanks for this, of course goes to the Foreign Office”,
DHPS Principal, Kristin Eichholz said.
German Ambassador Christian Schlaga also praised the new gym
as an investment in the future of Namibia: to be effective for itself but also
as a lighthouse in the region, Namibia needs a well educated young generation
in body and mind.
In September 2018, the Sports Olympiad of the German Schools
Abroad in Southern Africa will be held. The DHPS is now perfectly equipped for