12 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, March 7 2018 | NEW ERA Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek A quick random survey yesterday, on the eve of the tabling of the 2018-2019 national budget by Finance Minister, Calle Schlettwein, has revealed that some youth are not aware of the tabling. Kondja Kaimbi feels that there is enough people who are concerned about the tabling of the budget already exist. “As a young person, I can only care and participate in what I feel directly affects me. The tabling of the budget, will only affect me if I see that my university’s budget is being cut.” He adds that he only got to know about the national budget day this week, and was not aware of the previous budget. Lucy Kosmas says she is not aware of the national budget day. “I was wondering if the agricultural sectors can can produce more local produce for the country which is basically better then importing products from other countries, which is costly,” says Kosmas. She says the previous budget was not really convincing due - to budget cuts. Sim Ambuga says he became aware of the national budget day a week ago. He says he was disappointed by the previous budget due to the fact that budget cuts were done on important sectors, such as education ministry. “My expectation are to have an idea on what the country is spending the money on. If it’s on economy building or just to feed the few,” she added. “We should expect reprioritisation where we see a smaller amount of the budget going to the defense ministry, while the education ministry enjoys the cream of the crop followed by the health ministry,” says director of Development of the Paradigm Shift Youth Academy, Fannes Namhuya. He added that these two sectors are falling apart and need urgent rescuing from the new budget. “In terms of economic recovery, generally although education always get the larger piece of the budget cake, we should triple the education budget so that we realise the true meaning of free education, equity and quality thereof,” emphasises - Namhuya. Meanwhile the National Youth Council (NYC) Director, Calista Schwartz – Gowases, says youth development activities in Namibia have almost grinded to a halt due to budgetary constraints. She adds that activities planned to improve the livelihood of young people in Namibia have not been realised because the budget allocation to the youth ministry gets cut every year. “For the past years, budget allocation for youth development has become so meagre that it’s almost impossible to run programmes and projects meant to develop our young people.” Schwartz – Gowases adds that in Namibia, young people are considered to be between the ages of 16 to 35 years. “The youth constitute 50% of the national population. If adolescent and children are considered part of the group, that population will 80%. Investing in the youth by harnessing the youth demographic dividend is what should guide the budget policy this year”. REHOBOTH The /Hai-/Khaua Junior Council says the Nama Cultural Festival is not driven to promote any political agenda, but is aimed at unifying the Namibian nation, in particular the Nama people. Junior Councillor of the /Hai-/Khaua, Christian Thomas Tiboth, on behalf of the Nama youth group, explains in a statement that during a meeting held at Berseba recently, they learnt with “great disappointment and dismay” that the upcoming festival is regarded by individuals from certain political parties as a hidden, political campaign driven by tribalism. The /Hai-/Khaua Junior Council, he stresses, fails to understand why it has become “a question and a headache” for political parties. Tiboth says the critics were supposed to be in support of “this historical event”, as granted to other cultural events such as the Olufuko Festival, the Red Flag Day and Gaob Fees (Festival). “Could it be that the Nama people are still under oppression in independent, democratic Namibia, where all citizens - - - - have the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion, including traditional rights as enshrined in the Constitution of Namibia?” the / Hai-/Khaua Junior Councillor asks. He notes that the group maintains that the festival was long overdue, “because the Nama culture suffered extremely under the colonial regimes, to the extent that it is literally on the brink of extinction”. The youth group came up with the idea tival in recent memory slated for 24-27 May 2018 in Keetmanshoop this year. The Festival is the offspring of the Nama Festival that took place in Lokgwabe, Botswana, in August 2017, in which Namas in southern Africa, particularly from Namibia, Botswana and South Africa participated. “Therefore, to us the Nama speaking community of Namibia, it is very important to organise ourselves in terms of the Traditional Authority’s Act that allows us to promote cultural and traditional values of the Nama People for the wellbeing and preservation of our extinct traditions and culture,” he adds. - NAMPA Thomson Foundation offers journalism training Photo: Contributed Windhoek Thomson Foundation has just launched its Journalism Now Scholar Competition, giving entrants the chance to win a place and multimedia course in London. Every summer, international journalists come to London to attend the Foundation’s intensive Journalism Programme. The result is a unique community that now extends to hundreds of journalists worldwide, all with cutting-edge skills in different media. 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Wednesday, March 7 2018 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 13 with Seno Niilonga Namwandi Collective success of people around her drives her Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Seno Niilonga Namwandi is a charismatic young lady who loves God, life and people. Besides being incredibly blessed to grow up with both her parents and siblings, whom she says went an extra mile to provide them with a comfortable life, her personal challenge was struggling with her degree and her career. “I had plans for what I had dreamed to do, but nothing worked out the way I thought it would. I struggled to I was passionate about after my graduation. This left me feeling lost and unsure of how to make in myself and in my ability to says Namwandi. It however, taught her about being diligent, going the extra mile, being willing to learn and being prudent with her work, irrespective of the fact that had she been given a choice, she would of work. Growing up around entrepreneurial parents also played her into an individual not afraid of hard work. “Both my parents have incredible work ethic and showcase this every opportunity they get. This helped to shape me into a person who would choose a career path where I could work hard and apply myself fully on Namwandi is motivated by the collective success of the people around her. “I am genuinely moved by the self-actualisation of the people around me and that motivates me to be a better person. I believe that humans are dynamic and full of different passions, gifts, talents and capabilities and it motivates me to continue discovering things I am good at and others that I don’t necessarily excel at. Growth and development are a huge Nairobi, Kenya born Namwandi who grew up in Windhoek. She started her primary education at the Van Ryn Primary School, moved to Emma Hoogenhout and matriculated at the Delta Secondary School. She did her tertiary education at Stellenbosch University in South Africa and Africa University in Zimbabwe. Her highlight achievement is obtaining her Intellectual Property. “I had a very interesting academic journey. I dreamt of being a scientist, a molecular biologist that would specialise in neuroscience. I wanted to work with the smallest units of our brain. Even though I loved science and worked hard at it, I don’t think science studied Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at Stellenbosch University. “My current profession happened haphazardly. I started off as a scientist and ventured into Intellectual Property, which is a branch of law. I work in the innovation, research and intellectual property industry. I chose this career after being taught about the fact that what scientists produce in the labs needs legal protection for com- ment was when she did a TEDx talk last year at the University of Namibia (Unam), a platform that gives young people an opportunity to inspire others. “Standing on the stage was an incredibly defining moment because it made me feel validated in the most desirable goal right now is to contribute more to corporate governance in the public sector. “I have high hopes for our public management system in this country and I’d like to contribute in whichever small The youth must not to be in such a rush to have everything they see and interact with on social media. “I believe patience, hard work and more patience Kick-start the academic year With the right account for you As a student, you want your day-to-day be more about studying and less about banking, right? The Pioneer Account is just what you need, providing easy access to cash and loads of incredible freebies. N airtime voucher #SBPioneerAccount