Sunshine Private School in Windhoek has been on an incredible growth path over the last five years, emerging as one of the best schools in Windhoek.
Led by principal, Nomakando Kangira, Sunshine Private School has grown to rival other well established private schools that have been in existence for decades.
The Zimbabwean-born Kangira is the holder of a Certificate in Education, a Bachelor’s degree in Education Planning, Administration and Policy Studies as well as a Master’s degree in Education Planning, Administration and Policy Studies, which she acquired at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ).
Sunshine Private School opened its doors in 2012, with its first intake of 15 grade 1 students at the school’s centre in Windhoek North.
Through mostly word of mouth marketing from satisfied parents, the school grew from strength-to-strength and now boasts of a current enrolment of over 2000 students spread across several classes from pre-primary to grade 7.
Results of the 2016 grade 7 national examinations, show that Sunshine Private School was one of the best performing schools in the country; a result which Kangira said has led to an ever-growing number of parents who enrol their kids at the school.
One parent, Prince Magura, told the Windhoek Observer that he is happy and satisfied with the school’s development and its academic standards. “It is one of the better schools in Windhoek,” he said.
Another parent, Richard Onde, who has had two children at the school since its inception, said the way that the school has grown from its humble beginnings, is testament to the hard work by the teaching staff and the school’s management.
“I give credit to the management and teaching staff of Sunshine for the vision and efforts in the development of learners while growing the Sunshine Private School brand,” he said.
Kangira also attributed the school’s success and growth, to hard work from all staff members, proper management, decentralisation of duties and unity.
“I have highly qualified teachers and most of them have degrees. This has helped the school to produce quality
To accommodate the ever-increasing student population, the school now has seven centres dotted around Windhoek. Four of the centres, housing pre-primary students, are located in Windhoek North while grades 1 to 7 are housed at three consolidated centres in Eros.
Plans are at an advanced stage to open a secondary school, possibly next year. Kangira confirmed that they have already secured premises for the new school, which she said will be up and running once they meet all the mandatory registration requirements from the Ministry of Education.
Vice Principal, Mercy Chisora, believes that the continuous assessment of the teaching staff by the quality assurance department is one of the reasons why the school is producing good results.
Not only are the students excelling in school, but Sunshine also places a premium on the students’ extra curriculum activities. The young learners are encouraged to take part in at least two sporting activities such as soccer, netball, rugby, tennis, cricket, swimming, volleyball and basketball.
There is also a Marimba band that was invited to perform at the official opening of this year’s Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural show this week.
With the rapid growth at the school, there have been recent media reports suggesting that Kangira has been running the school with an iron fist, elbowing out her co-founding members from the school, an allegation that she dismissed as the work of “weak people” who didn’t share her vision.
“Whenever there is something good being done, there are always people who get jealous. I’m not concerned about what people circulate; I am dedicated to preparing and empowering our learners for a rapid changing global world by equipping them with the requisite problem-solving skills and respect for core values of integrity, compassion and ethics in order to build a strong and forward thinking institution,” Kangira said.
She believes that the ‘Iron Lady’ moniker she has earned from those who are not supportive of her success, was a result of her hard work and good results.
Kangira said all those “running to the media in an effort to tarnish her name had jumped ship thinking that the school project was going to be a flop.” However, the test results and continued growth in enrolment numbers indicate that Sunshine continues to excel.
She said her long term dream is to own a teacher’s training college, a sports academy and a university.
In the meantime, she wants to create a joyful and challenging learning environment through a fully integrated curriculum that empowers children to realise their full potential in all learning areas.
“We are dedicated to fostering our learners towards an understanding that, diversity of gender, physical or mental ability, culture, and background is a strength to be respected,” Kangira said.