12 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, July 26 2017 | NEW ERA ug-of-war…Teams in a tussle in the tug-of-war event. Netball champions… Eluwa Special School’s netball team with their teacher proudly showing their trophy. Hearing Impaired School sweeps clean the stakes in beauty pageant Sabina Elago Windhoek The Hearing Impaired School swept clean the stakes in a beauty pageant with Selly Sheya crowned Miss Winter Deaf School Sport Tournament 2017, Uatuesapi Kamutuezu her first princess and Selma Thomas the second princess. The Hearing Impaired School are soccer champions of the Annual Winter Deaf School Sport Tournament that was hosted at Chairman Mao Zedong Secondary School in Otjomuise last weekend. They won the soccer trophy and gold medals with Usko Nghaamwa Special School second runners-up and Eluwa Special School third. Eluwa Special School took the netball trophy with the Hearing Impaired School runners-up and Maria Mwengere Secondary Soccer champs… The Hearing Impaired School soccer team with their trophy. School third. Eluwa Special School, Katima Combined School, Maria Mwengere Secondary School and Usko Nghaamwa Special School joined the Hearing Impaired School in Windhoek for this memorable event, which delivered a weekend full of fun. The tournament started on Friday morning with a boys soccer match between the Hearing Impaired School and Eluwa Special School, followed by Maria Mwengere Secondary School against Usko Nghaamwa Special School with Hearing Impaired School and Usko Nghaamwa qualifying for the final. After the soccer matches the girls took to the netball pitch. The tournament with different sports codes ended on Saturday night with a beauty pageant. Salmi Ndakalako, a teacher at the Hearing Impaired School, said the tournament is an annual event which started in 2013 between Eluwa and Hearing Impaired School. But this year Hearing Impaired School decided to make it bigger and better by inviting, for the first time, all schools and units for the deaf. “Sports development for deaf learners promotes human rights and equity through sport and it creates new opportunities for friendship and networking within greater deaf school communities,” said Ndakalako. Amazing Kids to exhibit their artworks Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek A group of art learners from the Amazing Kids Private School & Academy will be hosting their very first public group exhibition on July 31. The exhibition at the Katutura Community Arts Centre (KCAC) will be hosted under the theme, ‘Whose role is to educate the public about John Muafangenjo?’ The exhibition will see exciting and aspiring learners showcase their best artwork done with the skills they learned from their school, courtesy of their art teacher, John Kalunda. The exhibition will also see five-yearold Riegaahn Titus, a first grader, debuting in the world of being a visual artist with her first work of an island. She has already attracted the school’s attention with her artwork. Abubacarr Jobanek, in Grade 8, says when he first discovered his painting skills it was an amazing feeling. “I didn’t know what I was doing, but as time passed,this became something worth looking at.” Jobaneke tells the history of the importance of landscapes through his artwork. Gopolang Choshene, in Grade 6, says it’s an honour for him to have art as a subject because for him art is life. “Art is one of the subjects I love at our school, and just imagine a world without art? Through art I get to communicate with other people from different places. It also helps me to avoid stress.” Choshene says art as a subject allows him as an upcoming visual artist to study art techniques. “I am very happy for having this chance to present my talent to the public.” Ndapandula Johannes, also in Grade 8, says art is her passion. She says art makes her feel like a bird flying freely in the sky. “Art helps me to create and start to understand how was the living style of our parents, and how the next world will be like.” “It’s an honour for me to be one of the 26 participants on this project. At Amazing Kids we are blessed to have a vibrant young group of upcoming artists who have been inspired by their art teacher,” says Kalunda. The exhibition will include printmaking and mixed media painting with some depicting the late artist, John Muafangenjo. Learners are very proud to have their very own famous artist in Namibia in the late Muafangenjo. Charting art waters… Five-year old Riegaahn Titus, showing off her new artwork of an island.
Wednesday, July 26 2017 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 13 with Immanuel Pendapala Kongolo Pinehas Nakaziko Covering a seven-kilometres stretch to school every day while only a young boy was only one of the many challenges Immanuel Pendapala Kongolo had to overcome to reach the point where he is now. Today he is a successful and one of the youngest Site Agents at a local construction company. Born in Ondangwa in 1993, Kongolo grew up at the Iimanya Village in the northern part of the country with both his parents. Although Kongolo used to live a normal life like other children, doing domestic chores such as looking after cattle, he also used to play football and swim. Money was the foremost challenge in his household. “Not having enough time to study; having a long walk to school every day, and having to show up with only plain bread at school compared to the food other children brought,” he says, as he reflects on his not-so-rosy upbringing. “After school I had to get home quickly and take care of our goats and cattle. I enjoyed it but it did not allow me enough time to study and do my homework. I am the eldest son so I had a lot of house chores which made me work hard,” he says. He also struggled a great deal with his schoolwork, especially in primary school due to lack of enough studying materials. “This is where I told myself that this shouldn’t be an excuse, and I pulled up my socks and used the few materials available to me to improve my school grades. “Footing back home from school, one barely gets time to do school work, which is something I never managed to quite overcome but I adapted to the situation and accepted it,” Kongolo says. He completed his primary school education at the Iimanya Combined School between 2000 and 2006, and later moved to Uukule Senior Secondary School where he continued his education from 2007 to 2011. Kongolo was the founder member of the Iimanya sports tournament. They use to organise sport tournaments at his village each year to promote sports among the youth, and to bring the community together. Apart from that, he was also a motivational speaker. “I did not really achieve anything during those years, but I was an [exemplary] learner full of dreams. At my high school, I made many friends, but those friends exposed me to bad influences and pressure, which directly and indirectly affected my school work as well,” he says. He studied Building and Civil Engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa, and graduated in 2014. “My university life was totally awesome. Studying in a foreign country opened my eyes to new possibilities. I made a lot of friends and learned so much about other cultures. The best thing was my classes; I loved what I was doing and so I enjoyed every class,” he says. He adds that university life was tough but manageable. “It was just a bit difficult at the beginning but as time went by, I learned to survive and that’s when university became fun and interesting.” He worked as a construction supervisor at EBC Contractors (2015); New Phase Trading as a site manager last year, and is currently employed by Octagon Construction. “The job is very demanding and requires your full attention when carrying it out so it can be done effectively done and at the same time avoid mistakes. If you put in effort, time and attention, this can be the best job you will ever find,” he says. In five years’ time, Kongolo says he has plenty of goals he wants to reach to become a successful young project manager. “Life is a long complicated journey that is full of obstacles that can stop someone from achieving his or her goals, but do not let these obstacles get in your way. “Try and find a way around them, even if you have to try 100 times, you just have to continue trying until you overcome those obstacles. As they always say, never give up because you don’t know how close you are.” ccess to e-resources is crucial WINDHOEK Today’s modern libraries provide electronic access to a wide variety of resources in the form of complete e- journals, complete e-books, library web resources, full text journals and articles. E-resources are resources that store information electronically and make it accessible through electronic systems and Internet networks by means of computer access or other electronic devices. Institutions can provide access to e-electronic resources in libraries through subscriptions and open access. There are a number of advantages to using e-resources over printed collections. E-resource advocate… Odilo Sikopo, an Online and Serials Librarian at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) sees e-resources as an important tool for enhancing education in the country. These include accessibility to multiple users at once; fast search and retrieval of results, and one can provide user guidance through document links, which all make it easy to search the text. Results can be downloaded and saved on your computer for later access and provides the librarians with usage statistics that they can use to analyse the cost per usage of these resources. Libraries and information centres are part of any educational setup as they provide a hub for the teaching and learning activities where students, teachers and researchers can obtain the information they require according to their need. In the traditional arrangement, library users have to spend much more time searching for a small piece of information, and they depend mainly on the library professionals in finding the information. However, in the modern age of information communication technologies, people use computers for the day-to-day housekeeping activities of a library, which saves the time of the end users as well as library professional. At the same time, it also avoids duplication of work and makes the library service smooth and effective. With more advanced setups such as those in institutions of higher learning, they can provide on-campus affiliated users with access to subscription e-resources via the institutions IP (Internet Protocol) and off-campus users access via EZproxy. This system enables users to login and have the system recognise them so that they can access e- resources in the comfort and convenience of their homes, offices and other places from anywhere in the world at any given time. By helping people develop a consistent habit of accessing and using e- resources, the country can reduce the literacy rate and improve research output in Namibia, thus making a significant contribution to the attainment of Vision 2030.