12 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, August 30 2017 | NEW ERA ourth Children’s rt Fest in October Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek The fourth annual Children Arts And Cultural Festival by ChiNamibia Arts Education for Development will take place on October 14 at the Katutura Soccer House. Organiser Kapena Vetira says the festival’s main objective is to celebrate Namibian and African culture at large. “The festival gives a platform to children between nine and 18 [years old] to express their views on different issues affecting our communities through performing arts in the form of drama, poetry, storytelling, songs and dances,” she says. The event also aims at educating the children about the importance of culture and why we need to preserve culture for future generations. “Last year, we were joined by children from Zimbabwe performing their cultural dances and theatre performances,” Vetira says. This year the organisers are planning to have up to 150 children. “We will have performances, like cultural dances, storytelling, and theatre performance, poetry in mother languages, songs and theatre therapy sessions for the performers. We will also have fun activities for kids and refreshments.” Those interested in the festival are encouraged to book their stalls to sell or market their products at the event for N0. More information can be obtained via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. ChiNamibia is a non-profit making organisation that educates, develops and empowers children and young people through arts and culture. It yearly celebrates events like the International Mother Language Day, an Initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). It also hosts workshops for young people with the sponsorship of the Finnish government through their embassy in Namibia, as well as the National Arts Council and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture, Vetira noted. Cultural potpourri… Children from various cultures enjoy the activities at last year’s Children’s Cultural Festival in Windhoek organied annually by ChiNamibia. Unemployment, teenage pregnancies among problems San youth face Staff Reporter Windhoek Youth unemployment, teenage pregnancy, lack of intellectual property rights, poverty, and the absence of San languages in the school curriculum are some of the challenges the San youth face on a daily basis. In particular, the language barrier at lower primary level contributes to the decline of San languages in Namibia, says Disco Kokie, one of the San youth from Omega 1 in Kavango East Region who was present during the launch of a new booklet, called ‘Inspirational Stories for San Youth by Role Models from San Communities’ at the Centre for Global Education in Windhoek. The production of the booklet was an initiative of the //Ana-Djeh San Trust. It features seven short inspirational stories by San youth and a community leader from various San Photo: Contributed Launch…Ombudsman John Walters with a number of San youth, who were part of the launch of a booklet in Windhoek last week on stories to inspire San youth. communities in Namibia and Botswana. “This booklet aims to motivate San youths to complete their education and aspire to professional careers,” says Kileni Fernando, co-founder of // Ana-Djeh San Trust. She adds that the //Ana-Djeh San Trust was established in 2014 to promote access by San youth to all levels of education and to motivate San learners to complete their formal education. The launch was attended by nine San youth from across Namibia, who had participated in a workshop facilitated by the Alternatives to Violence Project, which teaches skills in communication and peaceful conflict resolution. Walters encouraged the San youth present to have self-confidence and to “never stop dreaming” saying it is the only thing that can take one far. //Ana-Djeh San Trust chairperson Tertu Fernandu said: “Yes, it is true we have all these negative things happening around us, but let me educate you about San people. We are known as hunters and gathers. We are entrepreneurs, good leaders, master trackers and much more!” She adds: “Some of us here today are wondering how our lives are going to turn out. It is OK to wonder, but I also think it is important to realise that our future is not just something that happens to us. It is up to us to create.” Stanford Business School programme road show next month Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek The Namibia roadshow for the Stanford Graduate Business School programme is scheduled for September 22 and the venue will be announced soon. The programme was announced by the De Beers Group last week. The programme, which recently invited young Namibians to enroll for a year, is a new initiative in Namibia and young entrepreneurs are asked to make use of it. Nicole Senuku, a corporate affairs specialist at De Beers Group, says although the programme had been launched before in East Africa and Ghana, this was the first time the programme has been offered in Namibia and other southern African countries. “We conducted a soft launch of the initiative via a press release this month and will host roadshows in various key cities in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa as well.” Senuku adds that the programme is a corporate social investment initiative led by De Beers as part of socioeconomic contribution to countries they operate in. On this programme, De Beers pumped around N.5 million into the three-year partnership with Stanford Graduate School of Business, to specifically impart skills to people in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa at large. The programme will start early next year and will be headquartered at the Botswana Innovation Hub, a science and technology park in Gaborone. The programme will provide management training, leadership team workshops and networking support to assist emerging southern African leaders to grow their businesses, create jobs and help lead their regions to greater economic diversity and prosperity. It will also enable participants to “develop the skills, tools and mindset to grow and scale business, create jobs, and lead your region to greater prosperity, and gain essential business and leadership skills, from strategy and finance to business ethics and design thinking, all taught by world-renowned Stanford faculty and local business practitioners”. The participants would also be able to “take advantage of a worldclass curriculum from Stanford GSB and the innovative thinking that has shaped some of the most successful companies in Silicon Valley”. Young and aspiring entrepreneurs interested in the Stanford Graduate Business School programme are encouraged to visit https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/ seed/transformation-program/admission for info on how to register, the requirements of the programme and other useful updates.
Wednesday, August 30 2017 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 13 Popya with Loide Hango Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Cheerful, frank and down to earth is how Loide Hango describes herself, pointing out the many challenges she has faced, even losing both her arms but never giving up on life. “One can choose to act negatively or positively, to be grumpy or be content, to be inactive or dynamic. If I should opt between people that are busy destroying their lives and those that are prosperous and bettering self, I will certainly choose the latter,” says Loide. She has suffered in silence wishing she could have her arms back one day although in reality she knew there was nothing she could do to achieve that. “However, I can still accomplish a lot in life without them,” she says positively. Born and raised in the village of Olupumbu in Oshikuku Constituency, Omusati Region, Hango says despite her difficult upbringing, she also enjoyed her childhood, playing normally with her friends, grazing goats and dodging school. “[In] the early years of my life I never really enjoyed primary school. I had to sit in front and on the floor for that matter when writing – imagine the cold, dusty and dirty floor. I detested it. This routine lasted until Grade 6, but with God’s guidance I adopted a new style of writing while sitting on the chair. In addition I improved my writing speed and neatness, since I was slow,” she recalls “There is no one without challenges in life. My situation indeed refined me. I am now an open-minded and grateful person, humble, serene, and patient. I have great respect for people. I understand and appreciate them. I thank God because I am always encircled by friends and relatives whenever I need them,” she reflects. Being a village girl in her childhood played a major role in her life. She says responsibilities for any village girl were those of cultivating the field, stamping grain and cooking. “At times I felt left out and neglected during the busy season. My duties as per my mother’s instructions were to feed chickens and make tea, pretty boring, since I cannot do labour. I was reluctant and despised my chores. I would sneak back into bed and sleep as soon as everyone had left for the field.” Taunts also never made her give up in life as her family always has a unique style of applauding others for doing an extraordinary thing. “Hence giving up was never an option. I tried by all means to win my family’s heart with a bright smile, just to hear one remarkable comment saying ‘that’s my girl’ from my parents,” Hango reminisces, adding that her family further encouraged her to pursue and strive for something better irrespective of her circumstances and to bear in mind that there are several people out there experiencing similar predicaments but who haven’t given up. She is currently working in the Micro Loans Section at Bank Windhoek having attained a B- Tech Degree in Human Resources Management (HRM) from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). Although she wanted to study clinical psychology at the University of Namibia (Unam), her dream did not come true and she ended up trying her luck at NUST. “I never imagined studying HRM – however I can happily confess that I made a good choice. HRM is a broad and extensive subject and one of the respected and venerated fields in any organisation.” For her, entering the professional working environment was not a walk in the park. “It wasn’t what I expected. The corporate world is quite distinct and full of challenges. For students this is the platform and opportunity to showcase and transfer the acquired skills into practice and real scenarios.” “As one worries about failing subjects at school, the same applies to the corporate world. In this segment there are concerns such as promotions, employee performances and self-development. As an employee, you need to keep abreast of all the latest trends in your profession and in general,” Hango explains. Starting at Bank Windhoek was another impressive move for her whereby she was encouraged to continue growing academically as well as professionally. “That’s why I recently pursued an additional study: industrial and organisational psychology, to keep my mind renewed and occupied and advance my knowledge extensively.” Her advice to young people is to focus on and pursue anything they wish to do and aim for distinctions in their education. “Respect your body, refrain from smoking, alcohol and drugs. These are antagonistic to the human body. Nobody is perfect, communicate to people, and seek help. Do not tolerate victimisation, know your rights, and fight for your rights.” A saving culture for matric farewells needs to be developed – Sanlam Namibia Staff Reporter Windhoek Matric farewells can be very stressful and expensive for the parents and guardians who want to reward their children for their 12 years of hard work and motivate them for that all important final examination. Sanlam Namibia Manager for Marketing and Communications, Hilaria Graig, says in view of the approaching season for matric farewells when many a Grade 12 learner from all over the country is preparing for the big event, it can be very costly but even more so if one has not saved for the expenses. “In these trying economic times it makes sense now more than ever to put away some money every month for your child’s matric farewell. The costs of the matric farewell will differ from child to child as well as in which town they live in and the school they attend, but regardless of all these, the costs increase each year as new trends come into fashion and the expectation to outshine the previous matric students,” she says. Graig adds that there’s a need to develop a saving culture, and with the costs of matric farewells going as high as N,000 or more, a unit trust account is the best option to save. Unit trusts are professionally managed collective investment schemes where investors pool their money. The accumulated funds are then invested in a portfolio of assets (stocks, bonds, bills, etc.) and the individual investors gain in proportion to their investment, if the value of the underlying assets increases. Saving with a unit trust has the following benefits: Professionals manage your investment on your behalf; Risks are minimised with adequate diversification; Unit trusts are one of the most affordable ways of investing; and, Unit trusts have no lockins and you can add money or switch at any time. Having spoken to two of her colleagues whose Dressed to kill… Windhoek Delta High School’s Tjijandjeua Kavari ensuring his partner, Rii, also from the same school, is spotless before their great moment – their matric farewell party last September in Windhoek at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre. children are currently in matric and preparing for their farewells, Graig says the verdict is that the costs are surprisingly and ridiculously high. According to her one of her colleagues has been putting some money aside for the past two years since her daughter was in Grade 11 and she says she’s now happy to spend on her child for her matric farewell. ‘My daughter has been working hard in school all these 12 years; she’s doing very well at school so I want to ensure her matric farewell is a memorable one. The costs are very high and as we get closer to the event, more and more unexpected expenses come up.’ She says she and her husband have invested some money in a unit trust specifically for their daughter’s matric farewell so that they will not have to spend from their savings. However, the same cannot be said for Graig’s other colleague who has not put any money aside and is now forced to spend money from his savings for his son’s matric farewell. He says he was not expecting the costs to be so high but is confident he can cover it all from his savings. ‘My son being the eldest child in our house means we were not at all prepared for the high expenses of his matric farewell – we have however learned from it and will ensure that we are prepared for our other children,’ says he. Graig advises that whatever one’s budget for one’s child’s matric farewell, two Saving culture… Sanlam Namibia manager for Marketing and Communications, Hilaria Graig, is encouraging a saving culture among parents especially for their children’s Grade 12 farewell parties. things are clear. Firstly, saving is a must. “One should avoid by all means going to take a loan to cover for these kinds of expenses as it puts pressure on your finances in the long run.” Secondly, starting saving for one’s child’s matric farewell way in advance is very much advisable. “The best thing to do is to set a goal of how much you want to save for the matric farewell and give yourself sufficient time (two to three years) to work towards that goal,” says Graig.