The future of a young Namibian woman looks bleak, as she struggles to raise funds to complete her studies at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).
Luisa Martin, a computer science student, is seeking financial rescue, amounting to N$23 000 to continue with her studies.
Martin said she failed her first year in 2019, which resulted in her losing the NSFAF financial assistance. « That same year turned out to be a very harsh and difficult year of my life. I just had a baby a year before enrolling at NUST and I was being shut out by all my family members and moving from house to house with my baby while trying to tackle school. Most of the time, I did not have money for transport to go to campus and attend class. This resulted in me failing my first year, » she explained.
With the support and assistance of the father of her child, Martin repeated the first year, of which she passed with good grades; however, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, he lost his job and could not pay off the rest of the tuition fee.
« My child’s father, whom I had relied on for my tuition fee, lost his work due to Covid-19.
Thus, I did not get the assistance to pay for my fees for my second semester, which, all together all the modules had amounted to N$18 630,
plus the registration fee required for my second year; it all ended up at N$23 000, » she further explained.
Martin said her parents cannot pay her tuition fee and her attempts to seek help have been unsuccessful.
« That amount is so much that none of my family members can ever afford to help me. I tried many people and places; I do not know where else to run, » she said. Speaking to Youth Corner, Martin’s uncle Joseph Simataa describes his niece as a determined student, who never gives up despite the struggles she endures. « She is strong and hardworking, and there is so much potential in her. I hope good Samaritans will help her pursue her studies, » he said.