12 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, August 9 2017 | NEW ERA Young author launches book on relationships Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek A 19-year-old writer, Wilhelmina Iimene, has released her first book that deals with relationships titled Not All Secrets Keep People Together. The book will be launched tomorrow. “As the title implies, the book is about how bad secrets break relationships and friendships. I have written the book hoping to change people’s thoughts about keeping things from the people they are close to,” says Iimene. She adds that most times in life young people tend to keep a number of things from the people that are close to them in an attempt to protect them or keep them on the safe side, but it is not usually as intended. “With the 15 chapters of the book I have thrown life quotes now and then. I have done this hoping that readers will not only enjoy the content, but find something inspiring to hold on to after reading the book.” Knowing that a number of relationships have been broken down after dark secrets have been exposed has driven Iimene to write the book. “Also knowing that I can do something to somehow change lives has been a motivation for this book. From the people I have socialised with and from the experiences I have had in life,” she adds. With the book Iimene hopes to change lives in such a way that they choose the kind of secrets to keep away from the people they love. “There is a saying that goes, ‘secrets keep people together’ but this book has proven it otherwise. I as well hope that with time, I get to donate this book to schools that are lacking libraries. In that way, I am giving back to the community.” Iimene was born and bred in her parents’ home in Iikokola village in Elombe. She is currently in her first year at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) doing a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and statistics. She started writing while in primary school. “I have been writing for the Namibian Youth paper, writing short articles to inspire people and my first article got published in 2014 when I was in Grade 10,” she explains. She started working on her first book at the beginning of this year and some of the challenges she faced was getting the right information and selecting the right words for the books. The book will sell for N0. Young writer… Wilhelmina Iimene paging through her new book titled Not All Secrets Keep People Together. The book launches tomorrow. Festival does not promote tribalism, NUST students Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) are saying their annual cultural festival is a good platform for them to escape tribalism, as students from various tribes come together to interact and mingle with one another. NUST yesterday kicked off its 22th cultural festival with a bang, themed Embracing Cultural Heritage in Modern Days. Absalom Ankoshi says the festival benefits students by helping them get to know one another as they mingle. He adds that the event does not promote tribalism as students from different tribes get to live like brothers and sisters, suggesting such days should not be confined to institutions like NUST. Peter Shabani intends to enjoy the festival to the fullest, saying traditional activities such as dowry in Namibia should be introduced at the festival to spark a debate on high dowry prices. The festival opened with different traditional groups showcasing their talents and displaying their cultures. Male and female models who are competing in the Mr and Miss NUST 2017 at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino on Friday night appeared at the opening. The festival features activities such as cultural dances from all ethnic groups in the country, and international cuisine today with traditional, modern and international foods on offer. Sports and fun games form part of the festival with hot dog, noodle and ice-cream eating competitions being some of the highlights, along with live music shows at night. Photo: Emency Nuukala Xhosa cultural dance… A traditional group from the Cape Peninsula University in Cape Town, South Africa performing a Xhosa cultural dance at the opening of the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) cultural festival yesterday. Cheveners united… Willem Odendaal, Alisa Amupolo, Vicky Matjila, Pawa Haimbala, Marita Walthers, Kazembire Zemberuka at the British queen’s birthday party in July in Windhoek. Applications for Chevening scholarships now open Staff Reporter Windhoek The Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for UK Government scholarships to study in the UK in 2018/2019. Applications for Chevening Scholarships are open between August 7 and November 7, 2017, with applications to be submitted via www.chevening. org/apply. Namibia will be able to send around ten scholars. Two of these scholarships will be offered jointly by Chevening and Petrofund. Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers full financial support for future leaders to study for any eligible master’s degree at any UK university whilst gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional, and cultural events. There are more than 1,500 scholarships on offer globally for the 2018/2019 academic year, representing a significant investment from the UK Government towards developing the leaders of tomorrow. The call for new applicants follows the selection of ten scholars from Namibia who won an award to study at a UK university this year. One scholar is jointly funded by Chevening and Petrofund. The scholars will depart for the UK end of August, early September 2017. Chevening scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organisations. The scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one year taught master’s degrees – for individuals with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers and opinion formers. Chevening began in 1983 and has developed into a prestigious international awards scheme. Chevening scholars come from over 160 countries and territories worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and more than 1,500 scholarships were awarded in 2017/2018. There are over 48,000 Chevening alumni around the world who comprise an influential and highly regarded global network. The name ‘Chevening’ comes from Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent – currently the joint official residence of the UK’s Foreign Secretary.
Wednesday, August 9 2017 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 13 Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek inehas Nakaziko indhoek with Willem Amutenya “We may not be living the life we ought to live; we may not be doing what we ought to do in life; we may not be eating the food we ought to eat; we may not be attaining what we ought to own, but we must never ever give up on walking the arduous journey of success. If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem, therefore make the choice for your life, and hold firm on it,” 29-year-old Willem Amutenya advises fellow youths. Amutenya is currently a personal assistant (PA) to the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula Ithana. He is also the proud founder teacher of one of the best performing schools in the Oshikoto Region, Rev Juuso Shikongo Secondary School in the Omuntele Constituency, where he worked from 2011 until his appointment as a PA in 2015. He did this, despite hailing from a village where education was not understood nor valued. “This is testified by the limited number of educated peers in my community. I recall well when most of my peers missed schooldays to hunt birds and ground squirrels, fishing and selling fish during efundja (floods), as well as playing interesting games, such as “Take all”, a gambling game, to make some few money,” he says. “The fact that there was not much motivation and inspiration to keep one focused in school, I believe that the fear of disobeying my mom’s instructions and fear of disappointing her at home highly contributed to overcome the pressure from my peers.” Amutenya started his primary education at Iihongo Combined School. In 2002 he moved to the boarding school, Uukule Secondary, for Grade 8 to 10. His mother promised him that he could attend any school of his choice if he passed Grade 10 with good marks. After doing exceptionally well in the Grade 10 examination, he joined Oshigambo High School in 2014. “It was at the boarding school where I met children with unique backgrounds, different from my community. Those exposed to careers and clearly understood their vision in education inspired me to compete with them. At Uukule Secondary School, I received academic recognition in different subjects, including Mathematics, Physical Science, Life Science and Accounting.” At boarding school he was motivated to take up leadership responsibilities, as he did in the Student Christian Movement (SCM). At Oshigambo High School, he was elected the SCM chairperson, and a spokesperson of the Learners Representative Council (LRC). In 2007, he registered for a Bachelor in Education (Science) at the University of Namibia, funded by the Oshikoto Education Trust Fund. This is a community bursary fund where the region raises money to pay students from the region, who are then required to later teach in Oshikoto Region for a specified number of years. “Student life was not challenging to me, unlike to most of my [fellow] youth, simply because I was a bursary holder. I managed to develop myself through student activism and leadership.” In 2008, Amutenya was elected as the Education Faculty representative at the university and in 2009 was elected to the SRC academic affairs portfolio, and the chairperson of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN)’s Society on campus. “I also founded the Unam Education Society on Campus. In 2010, I was again elected the Unam SRC president.” Apart from being a member of the SRC at Unam, he was a member of Namibia National Students Organisation (NANSO)’s regional and national leadership in 2010, also representing Namibian youth at the African Youth Leaders Conference in Libya the same year. In 2013, he established the Omuntele Youth Expo in Oshikoto Region. In 2014, he participated in the training programme for Young Politicians in Africa, which took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. Currently he is the acting chairperson of AAA Namibia, a youth empowerment organisation. Amutenya sees being a young personal assistant to a minister as a golden opportunity to work directly with a principled, law-abiding, visionary and hardworking politician: Pendukeni Iivula Ithana. “Despite the workload, my job is more of a learning institution,” he says. Apart from the enthusiasm to serve his government and country, in five years’ time, he wants to pursue business aims and join his fellow countrymen and women in the fight against poverty and for self-sustainability. career in education… being a young educator eing a young teacher can be verwhelming, relaxing and enjoyble, but some for young educators escribe a career in education as an nteresting and challenging journey hat requires lots of energy. Mike Megameno Ashipala, 25, n English teacher for Grade 11 nd 12 students at Joseph Simaneka sino Senior Secondary School, ays being a young teacher is aweome. “I am energetic and persuaded o transfer knowledge to my full otential, as well as influencing the earner’s behaviour in a positive ay, both in academic and intelectual settings.” He adds that as a young teacher, he most common distraction he xperiences from the learners every ay is disrespect and lack of interest. “Most of the learners show ignorng and neglecting behaviour with ess interest in education. Students re too dependent; they depend on a eacher for every answer, and as an nglish language teacher I encouner varieties of problems. “Students speak more of their ative languages than English, with he environment having a great ffect on learning of the subject,” Mike Megameno Ashipala Louka Ndengu Aleta Shikumwa Helena Shatona says Ashipala, adding that he tries to create a more conducive learning environment and encourages them to learn English as if it’s their native language. “Counselling is applied for behaviour change with parents involved. I also empower students and help them feel they can indeed do it.” He would love to see his learners going into different careers. “I hope to leave a positive lasting impression on my learners. I love my job and I want my learners to love to learn,” says Ashipla. Louka Ndengu, 27, an entrepreneurship teacher for Grade 8 and 10 learners at Onakathila Combined School says it feels good to be a young teacher, especially sharing her knowledge and God-given talent to educate and inspire Namibian children. Some of the common challenges she experiences every day include excuses and silly reasons given for not having done their homework. “I solve it by giving them a penalty; it reduces the number of learners not completing their tasks on time,” says Ndengu, adding that passion, attitude and personality are most important to success. Aleta Shikukumwa, 28, a Grade 8s English teacher at Shaanika Nashilongo Senior Secondary School, says as a young teacher, she feels gratified by teaching learners who will be future leaders. “Disrespect from learners is the most challenging thing all young teachers are currently facing. I am strict with the school rules, as this is the only way to overcome this. School rules are really helping us, and I hope all schools have rules in order to have a conducive learning environment,” she says. She adds that even though teaching was her second career, she developed a love for it and currently enjoys working with children, especially those who are willing to learn. Helena Shatona, 26, also an English teacher for Grade 10 and 12 learners at Shaanika Nashilongo Senior Secondary School, says she it feels good to be a young teacher, molding and shaping young minds. “It is the best feeling ever.” She describes teaching as quite challenging, especially dealing with learners’ wayward behaviour. “Learners misbehave, some dodge lessons and classes are always overcrowded. As a young teacher one has to be vigilant and make sure that they all attend lessons,” she says. Shatona adds that another challenge is classroom management. “Being of the same height with learners [they] think you are of the same age, despite being a young teacher. I overcome all these challenges by knowing I am the leader and the manager of my class. Lastly, school rules help me a lot in creating a conducive environment.”