WINDHOEK-Learners from the Engoyi Combined School in the Oshikoto region says the Nationhood and National Pride (NNP) programme, which falls under the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) should reach out to all schools around the country, as this will empower rural learners and motivate them to contribute to the Namibian visions and their future careers.
During their three days school tour in the capital last week, were they had an opportunity to interact with goverment officials such as the Attorney General Sacky Shanghala and Speaker of the National Assembly Prof Peter Katjavivi, the learners argue that rural schools are less exposed when it comes to national’ development and diffrent programmes. Speaking to Youth Corner after a presentation on NNP programme done for them on Friday evening at the Augustinium Secondary School by the MICT. The Learners argued that it was the first time they are hearing about the NNP programme, which they said is empowering, particularly in terms of seeing oneself within the Namibian dream and also align one’s career path with national developmental goals. “This programme is truly empowering but more needs to be done, especially for learners in rural schools who are not exposed to this type of information. I am now well informed on how to be a proud and patriotic citizen of this country and how I can contribute to the achievement of Vision 2030,” says Hilya Amadhila, adding she would love to pursue a career in Engineering.
Iyaloo Ukongo who would like to pursue a career in Law, saying as future leaders, learners need to understand the need for unity and the need to promote the Namibian brand as a fast growing economy with peace and stability. However he concurred that government programmes are concentrated in Windhoek. “Our new President Dr. Hage Geingob has called for inclusivity and we want to see more information reaching rural schools. This Namibia programme has a potential in rallying all citizens together in pursuit of economic development of the country. However, we can only become more competitive if the government start to expose and motivate rural school learners as Windhoek is not Namibia,” said Ukongo.
Abed Ashipala an official from the MICT agrees with the learners saying that the campaign team have devised strategies to reach out to as many rural schools as possible in the current financial year. He also said that the ministry has a vested interest in ensuring that the programme reaches out to as many Namibians as possible. “We know Windhoek is not Namibia and we have a vested interest as a ministry to ensure that all Namibians understand the need for unity and patriotism in our process of building a prosperous Namibian house. This year, you will see that the campaign will go full force in reaching out to all regions around the country,” he said.
The NNP campaign programme was launched by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba as vehicle to ensure unity and patriotism among all Namibians, and also to address social ills such as tribalism, racism, lack of respect toward national symbols and alcohol abuse among the youth.
CAPTION: School tour…. Learners from Engoyi Combined School at a presentation by the Namibia Planned Parenthood (NPP) at the Augusitneul Secondary School during their school tour in Windhoek last week.