14 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, February 14 2018 | NEW ERA Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek A Valentine’s fundraiser for education You may not be aware, but today is Valentine’s Day. The day is celebrated every year on February 14. It is believed to be the day when people show their affection for another person, with chocolates to one another with messages of love. The Lifetime Difference Youth Association (LDYA) youth organisation is hosting a Valentine’s Day Gala Dinner at Ella Du Plessis Secondary School in Windhoek, this evening. LDYA executive chairperson, Venee Mieze, says the aim is to collect funds for their educational motivation campaign starting end of this month. The campaign will happen in different schools across the country, to give leaners motivation -through speeches- to do well in their examinations, as well as to provide school materials, and school uniforms to vulnerable pupils. Grateful… Aina Nashiwaya says Valentine’s Day is all about appreciation. At tonight’s gala dinner, acclaimed local artist Big Ben will perform some of his hit songs, including love songs to entertain couples in attendance. Mieze says they have also invited a relationship expert and motivational speaker, Ngamane Upi Karuihe, to speak at the event. He will be motivating people Heartwarming… Bobby Kanjoosa will spend the day with sick kids. Daily love … Pakkala Ashipala says love should be celebrated everyday. on matters relating to love. The event will start at 19h00. Tickets are selling from N0 to N,500. Meanwhile, 23-yearold Pakkala Ashipala, says love should be celebrated every day, and not only on Valentine’s. “I don’t believe love should only be acknowledged, embraced or celebrated on Valentine’s Day. I think the logic behind numerous criminal activities happening in Namibia and Africa at large is more because we are programmed to think about love on February 14 only. I am strongly against that culture, norm, notion and we need to change this,” says Ashipala. “We need to show love to one another on a daily basis. That is the only way we as African people will go far in life.” Aina Nashiwaya (24) says Valentine’s Day is all about appreciation. “Just knowing that someone loves you as much as you love them, means quite a lot,” she says. She adds that today, she is looking forward to gifts from her loved ones. “What I will be doing on this day (Valentine’s) I am not sure yet, it’s an exciting mystery.” For 22-year-old Bobby Kanjoosa Valentine’s Day is just a day of celebrating the concept of love in all forms. “It’s a day to thank the ones you love for their commitment to you, and also about sharing affection with another individual.” He says he is spending the day with the kids at the cancer ward at Windhoek Central Hospital, working with Global Supermodel Namibia Queen, Tessia Mutwemezi. “I look forward to a fun day of games, gift exchanging and just giving hope of love,” says Kanjoosa. Pupils share their exchange experiences Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Fun, good, enjoyable, amazing are the adjectives characterising the varied experiences of 10 learners from the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule (DHPS), St Paul’s College and Delta Secondary School in Windhoek who just returned from an exchange programme in Germany. The pupils, all of them ambitious learners of the German language at school, were accommodated in different towns in Germany and attended their partner children´s schools for the duration of their stay. They not only experienced German life, but also showed Namibian culture and way of life to their German friends and other people. Peka Karamata (15) from DHPS says she got an opportunity to travel around Germany and meet new people. “Attending school in Germany also helped me to improve my German language skills,” says Karamata.. “I enjoyed their type of food, and teenagers from that country are so independent, that they can go just anywhere without parents,” says Alina Niipare (16) from St Paul’s College. Culturally enriched…Five of the ten pupils from different schools in Windhoek who recently returned from Germany on an exchange programme. Cameron Cohmann (16) also from St Paul’s College says she learned that most young people in Germany don’t really know much about Namibians. “But I really enjoyed my experience and I will be happy to go back there again,” says Cohmann, adding that it was interesting to see how foreigners live in their countries. “This gave me insight on whether I want to study abroad or not,” she says. “I experienced things like snowboarding, and standing inside one of the tallest German television towers, viewing the most beautiful sunset,” says Danzille Strauss (17) from Delta Secondary School adding that he had found a university where he could further his studies in the future. Sebastian van Niekerk (16) from St Paul’s College says he learned how to get out of his comfort zone and travel on his own. “Berlin city is so enormous that seven weeks we stayed there were just not enough to see and do everything we wanted.” The pupils who returned mid-last month, were invited to the Goethe Institut on Monday by Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Christian Schlaga and representatives of the Association of German School Societies in Namibia (AGDS) to share their experiences. The German embassy has been supporting the exchange programme years now. Youth appeals for book donations Staff Reporter Windhoek To promote pass rates and a reading culture amongst future professionals in the Epukiro constituency, a youth, Dr Ngungaa Hangara, is pleading with fellow residents of Epukiro and beyond to kindly donate books to the schools’ libraries in the constituency which are in dire need of reading materials. The books can either be in English, Afrikaans or Otjiherero (new or old). Everyone’s contribution will make a great impact in the lives of learners at Epukiro Post 3 Junior Secondary School (EP3 JSS), Goeie Hoop Primary Schoo (GPS), Omuhaturua Primary School (OPS) and Morukutu Primary School (MPS) who are the future professionals of the beloved Land of the Brave. Donations of any kind towards these schools will be highly appreciated. Please call 0812550448 or 0811660098 for collections. Dr Ngungaa Hangara
Wednesday, February 14 2018 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 15 with Senior Shimhanda An aspiring radio astronomer Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Young and ambitious, Senior Shimhanda describes himself as a merchant of engineering with a love for radio astronomy. A final year Master of Environmental Engineering student at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Shimhanda, who works as a researcher at the Namibia Energy Institute (NEI), says he has professional handson experience in developing nanosatellites (CubeSats). “I can turn your ordinary satellite dish into a radio telescope. I love strategies, hence I am very pragmatic.” Born and bred in Onamulele near Omuthiya in the Oshikoto region, Shimhanda says he always had a village boy childhood, but his parents raised him in a special way. His basic challenge was when his parents demanded absolute excellence, so he became addicted to supplying it. Regarding obstacles, Shimhanda says when oysters have ugly pebbles inside them, it is because beautiful pearls are long overdue. Growing up he was lucky to He had exemplary mentors who wanted him to become a beacon of excellence, and engineering always matched his greatest attributes, that is why he went for it. Last year Shimhanda was selected to attend the Big Data in Astronomy Conference in Mauritius, an opportunity which, he says, enables him as a Namibian with the most sought-after, almost clandestine technical know-how to solve social problems. With that opportunity, Shimhanda became knowledgeable about Advanced Linux and Python, Big Data and Machine Learning, Radio Frequency Interference (RFI), Search for Extra-terrestrial Intelligence (SETI), Social Media Data Analysis, Business Analytics using Big Data for Development, Exploring Hospital Quality, Advancing the Development of Astronomy and Communicating Research. “If my efforts can boost the Namibian space sector, then I must persistently commit to that cause till I achieve remarkable and technological.” As a researcher, Shimhanda says when electronics engineer, or as an electrical technician, depending on the task at hand. “My career decisions are passion-driven but played a role too,” he says. Moving to the corporate world, Shimhanda started off as a research assistant in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at NUST. “I am now with the NEI because my thesis mirrors their ultimate objective. I always expected high standards and so far results match expectations.” Looking back on his life’s moment was prior to graduation. “I did my internship with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The opportunity was a springboard as it metaphorically launched a human rocket into the orbit of greatness.” His desirable goal is now to complete his masters degree so that he can be able to take up the Newton Fund’s Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) Steering Committee postgraduate offer to pursue a Masters in Radio Astronomy in the United Kingdom. “Upon graduation, I will astronomer.” “The most flourishing persons have this impressive gives them the freedom to be idealistic and ultimately actualize their visions,” is his message to the youth. Every year should be of academic reckoning Exams, tests and a national curriculum all help in Namibia’s quest to create, young, welleducated individuals that are ready for tertiary education. An exam can be seen as a moment of academic reckoning. Rightly so, time, money and lots of education from different stakeholders have gone into educating our youth. Including the time and effort that the youngsters put in themselves. Passing exams, moving to the next grade or academic opportunity is a rite of passage we want every pupil to experience. However, if we look at the full-time level of Grade 12 learners this year that sat for exams, only 39,3% (8,632) of the 22,091 candidates who to enter institutions of higher learning. This is disconcerting and should worry us as a nation. Namibia is a young country, a nation with definite ideals, plans and goals for its future. These plans have been widely communicated by our ambitious and well-respected President, Dr Hage Geingob. From Vision 2030, the National Development Plans and the Harambee Prosperity Plan there’s a blueprint for our success as a nation. Education lies at the very heart of this blueprint and prosperity for us as a nation. The Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) is intrinsically involved and vested in the educational process in Namibia and has a stake in the results of both the Grade 10 as well as the Grade 12 learners. Especially the Grade 12 results, as this tells us how many students we can expect to apply and qualify for tertiary institutions. Further pursuit of an academic career is what we hope the youth will be able to achieve and NSFAF, through government, enables careers of individuals. Looking at the 2017 results we can certainly say that this has been a year of academic reckoning. Just as our nation’s president has stated that 2018 will be the year of reckoning for his own cabinet ministers, all the way down the line in every civil service job, we too need to realise that we have reached the year of reckoning. Education Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa even said so during the announcement of the Grade 12 exam results last month. NSFAF is there to assist tertiary education, but you need to earn the right to access tertiary education. Your Grade 12 results are the best way of tance in the pursuit of further make sure that you qualify for sort is to be the best. Be the best in your subject, be the best in school, be the best in your district or even in the whole region. Don’t settle for less, and achieve the grades that you want, need and deserve to study what you want. Therefore, the NSFAF urges you to focus on your studies. Be part of the new Namibia and help achieve the ambitious plans for our nation. long-term gains and rewards will be immense. Gaining a place at a tertiary institute to study and having ated because you qualify for financial assistance due to your scholastic achievements more, NSFAF is in your corner, helping the best of the best succeed where it matters. Your academic year of reckoning can through NSFAF and a place at a tertiary institution, studying what you always dreamed of. However, opportunities are study receive preferential treatment. So, take a long hard look at your grades, your attitude towards studying, your lifegoals, ambitions and possible career path and make a roadmap to achieve your dreams by starting to be the best you can be academically. Successfully completing the academic year of reckoning with good grades should be your focus. If in doubt, ask your teachers, friends and family to rally round and support and assist you in achieving your goals. Namibia needs dedicated students that will be high achievers in the academic reckoning and NSFAF and the nation are ready to invest in them. Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Seventeen-year-old model and vocalist, Anina Oosthuizen, has been selected to represent Namibia at the Magnificent Women International (MWI) pageant in Mumbai, India next Friday. Anina will participate in the category of Teen (age 15-17). She says she is very excited and proud to will represent her country at an international platform. Apart from that, she will also have the opportunity to perform solo to the rest of the participants, share ideas and goals with her. “With other participants, we will of sisterhood that extends across the globe,” Anina adds, pointing out that this bond will strengthen her to see beyond her immediate surroundings Teen to represent her country at pageant in India Teen ambassador… The 17-yearold Anina Oosthuizen has been selected to represent Namibia at - bai, India next Friday. and situations and extend her service across the globe, as each delegate will share their experiences on how they serve their respective communities. Born in Swakopmund, she matriculated from Windhoek Gymnasium School and was introduced to modelling by ACE Models in Windhoek. She was scouted for pageantry by Joni Johnson in South Africa in in the Miss Pre-Teen Namibia 2015, 2017, where she ended up in the top 15. She says she learned about the MWI pageant last November and decided to enter. The mission of MWI is to spot- motivated and natural, born leaders. The competition does not only cel- participating women, but the spirit of who they were, who they are and who they strive to be.