Baumgartsbrunn

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Baumgartsbrunn - a farmstead settlement in central Namibia, some 30 km from Namibian capital, Windhoek in Khomas Region. Infamous Liebig Ghost House is around 15 km from Baumgartsbrunn.

Location in Namibia: GPS coordinates: -22.610489, 16.783164

Constituency: Windhoek Rural
Elevation above sea level: 1,757 m
Baumgartsbrunn is a farmstead, settlement and a school in central Namibia's Khomas Region, located just off road C28 approximately 35 kilometres west of Windhoek.

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Baumgartsbrunn view, Windhoek area, Namibia Baumgartsbrunn entrance, Windhoek area, Namibia

Baumgartsbrunn known for the educational projects set up by Helmut Bleks, and after his death supported by the Helmut Bleks Foundation and other donors. Bleks, the farm owner in the 1970s, established a farm school, today the government boarding school Primary School Baumgartsbrunn, on the farm land in 1973.

In 1991 the Institute for Domestic Science & Agriculture, a vocational school for local women, was added. The school offers training for domestic workers but its qualifications are not accredited, a situation that has led to protests by the students. Namibia's ruling SWAPO party called for a take-over of the Helmut Bleks Foundation by the Namibian government.

Surrounding the school a small settlement has evolved over the years, mainly consisting of people from the Khomanin clan of the Damara people. Following disputes over land and grazing rights, the foundation owning the farm granted exclusive settling and land use rights on 300 hectares to the Khomanin in 2009.

There was a controversy on contaminated water in Baumgartsbrunn school in October 2013 - March 2014.

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