12 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, January 31 2018 | NEW ERA ChiNamibia offers art lessons Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Children of Namibia (ChiNamibia) is offering children art classes. vised to register before February 28. One of the founders of ChiNamibia, Kapenangutjiua Vetira, says the art lessons are to help young people develop mentally, emotionally, and psychologically. creativity and independence in a child and helps them to reach his improving the neurological and motor skills of young people, art has a lot of positive effects on a child’s character and personality, hence coming up with this amazing project,” says Vetira. She adds that music lessons using keyboards and guitars have Ready for new challenges…Some of the children from ChiNamibia ready for new exciting programmes. brought growth to the organisation. “Keyboard and guitar are part of music. One needs to teach an instrument with the music notes in order for the children to be able to transfer the theoretical skills in practice and ensure that children will be able to play instruments at a young age as instruments are very important in music studies,” says Vetira. She adds that his year is very special for ChiNamibia as they on March 15. “We will be travelling to Zambia, Zimbabwe and China to host dance workshops. We will also be hosting our annual Children Cultural Festival in due course,” she says. ChiNamibia was founded in 2013 by Vetira and Josephat Tjiho. The aim was to educate, empower and develop children and young people’s minds through arts and culture, as well as to give them a platform to air their views. The organisation has been operating in Windhoek for the past two years and has realised the need of branching out to other regions and is in the process of doing this. ChiNamibia has hosted workshops in Windhoek, Otjiwarongo and Swakopmund and has realised the need for arts education in the country. Those interested in registering children for the upcoming art lessons should contact Vetira on 0813005673 for more information. Youth targets mentoring 50,000 learners Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Twenty-six-year-old Panduleni Nghipandulwa, a former learner at Delta Secondary School, has started a development and mentorship programme, an initiative with which he is targeting to speak to and inspire 50,000 learners across the country. Nghipandulwa who graduated from the University of Cape Relations, Politics and Philosophy three years ago, says the programme also aims to instil leadership values, discipline and work ethics among learners. realised that the youth are performing poorly in the national examinations, and there is an urgent need for extra tutoring,” says Nghipandulwa adding that most learners from disadvantaged backgrounds also cannot afford to pay for private tutors, hence his plan is to provide this service for free and give each learner an equal opportunity to succeed in life. “Through this programme, learners will learn various leadership skills, self-discipline and the value of hard work. Our plan is also to help the learners to prepare for exams, build young leaders with character and to equip the learners with the skills required to succeed on the local job market,” explains Nghipandulwa. He adds that the programme started earlier this year visiting different schools especially in Windhoek, addressing key issues that learners are facing on a daily basis. He hopes to visit schools around the country. “The second part of the programme is to mentor up to 100 grade 10 and 12 learners. The basic idea is to get them together at least once a month to help them with subjects they might be struggling with at school, teach them leadership and basic skills required in the work environment.” Last week, Nghipandulwa spoke to learners at Amazing Kids Private School. “The topic of the day was The Power of the Mind. The message was loud and clear, what the mind conceives in the spiritual always manifests into the physical,” he says. He says the next two schools on their agenda are Eldorado Secondary School and Windhoek High School, on dates still to be announced. Apart from being a mentor, Nghipandulwa is also an entrepreneur by profession and he is also involved in various community development projects. “Some of the community development projects include speaking at various public platforms like the Namibia Careers Expo Youth activist…Panduleni Nghipandulwa, who has initiated a development and mentorship programme to inspire learners. and Social Splash, addressing learners at various schools, as well as arranging workshops and presentations”. Learners to learners…Members of different LRCs in the //Kharas Region donating food to hostel learners at Marmer Primary School in Aus. Photo: Tuulikki Abraham LRCs donate food to fellow learners Tuulikki Abraham Aus Members of Learner Representative Councils (LRCs) of 2018 from the Karasburg Combined School, Suiderlig High School and Tses Combined School in conjunction with the Aus Multipurpose Centre, went on a meagre diet for a week to save food for fellow learners at Marmer Primary School in Aus. Attending a leadership workshop in the village, members of the LRCs, from the three different schools in //Kharas Region, decided to share their foodstuffs for the week with Marmer hostel learners. The training helped learners in attendance to overcome their fears, weaknesses and to enhance their leadership skills. Speaking on the workshop and donation, Romeo van Staden from really something worthy that all LRCs should attend and not miss - my tears and face my fears. take this opportunity (of donating)… to contribute to such an awesome project. We hope we will not be the last leaders to partake in such activities.”
Wednesday, January 31 2018 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 13 with Simon Albin Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Pursuing his education while growing up in a peasant home was a bit of a challenge for Simon Albin. His mother would always ask him to miss out on school for two to three days a week, to look after animals or do some other home chores. Albin, who rose from an ordinary teacher to a university lecturer, says it was not easy growing up in this situation. “Looking after animals to secure food was more important to my mother than me going to school because she believed that food is produced at home, and not at school.” “Some days I had to disobey this order and this helped me to pass my Grade 5 and 7, which were tough grades in my entire schooling. I had to walk about ten kilometers to school every day on an empty stomach without a proper school uniform, shoes or school bag, but this never stopped me from going to school,” recounts Albin. Moving to a boarding school life became very daunting, and for the whole school term, his guardians could only afford to give him N0. “With this money I must buy my lotion, all school stationery and pay my transport to and from home during [out] weekends. Gracefully my guardians would pay my school and hostel fees on time and in full,” he says. “My staple food in the school hostel was Oshiwambo traditional bread (oshikwiila), made from sugar. I only had one pair of casual clothes, but I managed to top my class. After evening studies at the hostel, I would sleep on an empty stomach,” he says. Albin recalls his shining moments at school, outshining all. “I was a disciplined learner, which made me a favourite learner amongst my teachers. Today I can proudly say I am a strong man because I worked hard in my life to overcome a vast number of trying social challenges.” A lecturer in numeracy development and mathematics education at the University of Namibia, Southern Campus, Albin adds that it was not easy for him “to get in”. As one needs a master’s degree to teach at a university, for Albin it honours degree, Albin applied for a master’s degree course at some universities in South Africa but From an ordinary teacher to university lecturer his applications were unsuccessful because he did not have two years’ full-time teaching experience. This was despite being a top student in the faculty for four years. His application was also declared unsuccessful for two consecutive years because his degree was rated low in the evaluation framework. But he never gave up. He went on to work as a teacher while doing his second honours degree in education through Rhodes University in South Africa. After sometime he re-applied again and was admitted to the same university to do his master’s. “It took me two years of sleepless nights, fatigue, writing my thesis, but then I graduated with distinction.” His passion for teaching started at high school when he would mentor and teach his schoolmates mathematics. “As a peer teacher at school, they named me professor as they were happy with my teaching.” Albin started school in Grade 1 at Oshifukwa Combined School and then moved to Omboto Primary School from Grade 2 to 4. He completed subsequent grades till the eighth grade at Niigambo Combined School before moving to Ekulo Secondary School where he matriculated as the best senior dux learner and best Grade 12 candidate. “I scooped many science subjects at school, plus mathematics. At the university I received three awards in three years for being the best student in the faculty of education. Because of my outstanding performance, I earned a thank you grant from De Beers and a bursary from Oshikoto Bursary Fund. With these funds, my His passion and mission is to capture the minds and hearts of every student in his class. His advice to young people is that they be themselves and always give their best at every opportunity that comes their way. “Refuse to quit, compete and never underestimate your abilities. Never feel comfortable with your success of yesterday because today is not yesterday. Strive to be the best and fair to yourself. When you win, don’t expect everyone to celebrate with you and when you are falling apart don’t hesitate to ask your friends to remind you of your blessings.” Many can’t afford tertiary education – Kapere Staff Reporter Windhoek The executive chairperson of the National Youth Council (NYC) notes that tertiary institution fees in Namibia have become unaffordable to many students, especially those from underprivileged homes. Mandela Kapere says hundreds of academically deserving and underprivileged students will thus be shut out from learning, denying them the opportunity of achieving their dreams if the higher education funding model is not addressed. “Although there are bursaries, scholarships and loans, not all deserving students can meaningfully be assisted by these schemes,” he says, adding that in some cases the requirement attached to such assistance makes them inaccessible. “We therefore need to develop and fast-track a higher education sustainable, that will meet the funding challenges of underprivileged students.” He believes that the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund (NSFAF) is doing much in assisting underprivileged students, but it’s groaning under pressure. “The from NSFAF overweighs what it can support and the institution seems not to be meeting its goals, do not pay back loans. For this fact, other students are deprived the op- Kapere adds that many students, parents and guardians are struggling to meet their basic needs, and meeting the exorbitant cost of education is an added burden. He thus proposes a funding model that could follow the public partnership approach, as proposed at the last National Education Conference that contributions by the government and the private sector ameliorate the funding challenges usually encountered by underprivileged students. “Such funding model will not only eliminate the outcry caused by the University of Namibia demand for 50 percent upfront, but will also remove the cog to the progress of the academically deserving and the underprivileged student and avoid sending capable young people to the street.” Kapere welcomes the prompt intervention of President Hage Ge- and the government’s allocation of an additional N0 million to meet its obligations. WINDHOEK Colourful school cones and the ened up the school grounds of the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) last Wednesday. could start their school career. The Grade 1s were warmly welcomed to the school community by Verena Dahmen, head of the primary section, and principal Kristin Eichholz. Eichholz emphasised the key concerns of the DHPS, namely the educational partnership, the parents’ trust and guiding the children though the ups and downs on their way. and every new learner, like a piece in a puzzle, took a place in the big picture, as lovingly illustrated by pastor Christoph Höcht in his song. The Grade 2 learners, with at school a year ago still fresh in their minds, also enthusiastically introduced the DHPS dress code to the newcomers in a fashion show. Of course, the choir of the primary section was also part of the event, Excited… Tertuliano Ferreira, John Dixie Kariko (front l-r) and Stella Hamm and Yanne Cronjé on their graders last Wednesday at the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS). DHPS welcomes long-awaited 2030 graduates welcoming the new fellow learners with the DHPS school song. In addition to writing, maths and reading in the lessons, the Grade 1s may look forward to the varied DHPS school life with interesting nature excursions, musical education and plenty of exercise in the brand-new gym hall. As is tradition, the Grade 12 DHPS learners took the youngest schoolmates by the hand and accompanied them on their way to the classroom, delighted that its “2030 graduates” had eventually arrived and wished all Grade 1s a great start to their school career.