By John Ekongo
The National Youth Council (NYC) recently announced its first ever National Youth Week, which will be held from April 21 to April 27.
This first for the youth body will be taken to the Oshana region, where a series of activities are planned for the weeklong event.
Speaking during an information-sharing meeting with the press recently, Juliet Kavetuna, outgoing secretary general of the NYC, highlighted that the event comes as a result of consultation with youth countrywide who felt the activities of the youth body were too concentrated in the capital city.
As a result, the NYC decided to hold its first youth week in Oshana region.
According to Kavetuna, around 400 youth in the region will be taking part in the various activities.
“This will see a number of activities being executed, ranging from training workshops, seminars, cleaning of Oshakati Hospital, and feeding the elders and orphans,” revealed Kavetuna.
The SG believes that this is a goodwill gesture and opportunity to plough back into the community “while engaging the youth in a constructive way”.
“Despite the difficulties we are facing as young people, we should not undermine and forget the roles young people in small numbers are playing and still playing in our society,” cautions Kavetuna.
The theme of this year’s event is: “The Youth, Our Today and Tomorrow”. The NYC has also identified Tobie Aupindi, managing director of Namibia Wildlife Resorts, as the patron of the youth week.
He will be assisted by musician D-Naff, real name Naftali Shigwedha Amukwelele, who was roped in as the ambassador of the initiative.
The highlight of the youth week is said to will be the screening of the movie “Namibia the Struggle for Liberation”, followed by a gala dinner.
The NYC estimates that around 400 young people will benefit from the weeklong activities.
It was also announced that the event would be an annual event, to be rotated from region to region.