By Ester Paulus TSUMEB The Tsintsabis Community Craft Centre, an initiative of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (GECW) to support “art work and skills through craft work and other activities of community empowerment” was officially inaugurated by Angelika Muharukua, Deputy Minister of GECW yesterday. According to Muharukua, many san people have proved to be exceptional in craft work, sewing and painting, hence the need to encourage them to make use of the centre to earn an income and equally contribute to the cultural art and craft development of the country. The Deputy Minister said that women find themselves in desperate situations and that it is fundamental forÃƒÆ’Ã†’Ãƒâ€ ‘ÃƒÆ’ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒ…ÃƒÆ’Ã†”Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â women to be encouraged to utilize the centre to its full capacity for self-upliftment. The immense Craft Centre in the Quinas Constituency of Oshikoto Region accommodates a diversity of projects such as sewing. Muharukua declared that the construction of THE Tsintsabis Craft Centre constitutes a major contribution towards improving the condition ofÃƒÆ’Ã†’Ãƒâ€ ‘ÃƒÆ’ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒ…ÃƒÆ’Ã†”Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â women, and the community at large. She strongly urged the community of Tsintsabis to work together in partnership and to bring about development. “Our ultimate goal is to ensure a comprehensive development that involves all sectors of our society and ensure social justice, human dignity and the fulfilment of the rights of everyone, both men and women. MuharukuaÃƒÆ’Ã†’Ãƒâ€ ‘ÃƒÆ’ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒ…ÃƒÆ’Ã†”Ã…Â¡ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â encouraged community members to make use of the centre and not to shun it in a way that it becomes a ‘white elephant’. Meanwhile, Oshikoto Regional Governor Penda Ya Ndakolo, who was present at the inaugural ceremony, highlighted various challenges faced by the San people in Oshikoto Region. Amongst the challenges mentioned is the growing number of school dropouts due to long distances from schools. He called on the ministry of Education to assist in the construction of hostels for the San learners. Ya Ndakolo, however, pointed out that the Oshikoto Regional Council has also prioritized the necessity to address the needs of the san people. Accompanying the Deputy Minister was her Permanent Secretary, Sirkka Ausiku.