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New Era Newspaper Wednesday March 7, 2018

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14 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, March 7 2018 | NEW ERA High schools debate kicks off Preparing… preparatory training for the schools’ competition last month at the Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek The MTC Energy 100fm High School Debate Competition kicked off yesterday. The competition will run until July 26, with 24 high schools competing in teams of three each. The debate will air every Tuesday and Thursday on Energy 100FM Outside Studio at two o’clock (14h00) till three o’clock (15h00) in the afternoon, with four schools per day, two debates/motions per day, and 67 motions/ topics for 17 weeks. The high school competition was established in 2015 with the belief that debate and public speaking are the only promoting critical and creative thinking but also youth, especially schoolgoing children (grades 8-12). This will come about as they partake in research and debates on current local and international affairs, thus contributing towards a free-thinking and a well-informed democratic society. The theme for this year is “Critical & Creative Thinking Impacting Academic Excellence”. Fannes Namhuya, who is organising the event, says it aims to give a platform of dialogue and debate anywhere and everywhere. Altogether 67 topics are focusing on youth, education, dialogue, international understanding, politics, and information communication, to mention a few. Lüderitz swears in eight junior councillors Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz Eight learners from two local schools from Luderitz, four boys and four girls, took contract as the town’s new junior councillors for 2018. The new junior councillors were sworn in by Lüderitz mayor, Hilaria Mukapuli. The learners are currently in grades 10, 11 and 12 at Angra Pequena Senior Secondary School and the Lüderitz Christian School. In his acceptance speech Junior Mayor, Simon Cornelius, appreciates the opportunity to be ambassador for the youth of Lüderitz and to act in their best interest. “I humbly accept the calling with open arms and I am willing to work towards the common goal of uplifting the standards in my capacity as Junior Mayor,” says Cornelius. Cornelius adds that as a scholar, he is fascinated by diplomatic debates and strongly believes that the outcome of his journey as a Junior Mayor will have a positive impact on his town as well as Junior council…Seating: Lüderitz Junior Mayor, Simon Cornelius, with his deputy Paulina Ndafonghoshi on his left and town clerk Nakwila Ipinge. Standing from left are additional members, Nelson other towns in general. “I hope to be an inspiration to my peers and the younger generation and not forgetting my school, for giving me this opportunity,” appreciates Cornelius. Lüderitz Mayor Hilaria Mukapuli commends the town council for the concerted efforts in reviving the Junior Council, which will not only serve as a voice for the youth, but similarly contribute to the overall growth of the town through constructive advice and input. “As the chairperson of the council, I hereby pledge our support and commitment towards the Junior Council in the execution of its duties,” says Mukapuli. She promises the junior councillors that her doors will always be open to them for any assistance they may require. Mukapuli emphasises the duties and expectations of the junior councillors. The junior councillors are Junior Mayor Simon Cornelius, his deputy Paulina Ndafonghoshi, town clerk Nakwila Ipinge, public additional members: Nombulelo Links, Nelson Kandjibi, Enge Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Steering…- The second instalment of the Eco- Kids Namibia Film project, Eco- Kids Career Expo, is taking place at the Franco-Namibia Cultural Centre (FNCC) on March 14-15. This years’ Eco-Kids is focusing on promoting careers and oppor- the Eco-Kids project coordinator. The project was initiated in 2013 between 8 to 16 years. The idea was to provide a vehicle through which children could voice their aspirations in a creative and empowering way, using mobile phones and the that are both entertaining and educational, the Eco-Kids Namibia Film Project used themes in everyday life that the children could relate to. The last theme was on the environment, and targeted positive aspects on the elements: - relating to their daily lives through these four elements and the entries were screened at a Children’s Film Festival that was held during 2015 in Windhoek. This time around, career fair. “We came to realise that many of our children do not know making and the skills required to execute such an endeavour. There are many different departments that hence there are many jobs that need to be done; there’s much more to it than just the glitz and glamour,” says Krischka Stoffes from Namibia Film Commission (NFC) during the launch of this year Eco-Kids career expo. She adds that storytelling is an intrinsic African tradition and it is time Namibians reclaimed their heritage. “Storytelling is a form of passing on the knowledge and traditions of the elders, to future can do the same. Film can help shape a culture and an identity. It’s that time, who we are and who we want to be.” platform to youngsters to meet and interact personally with the players in the industry, local celebrities, who will answer all the questions fes says they are convinced that the Film Career Expo will create a lot of interest in this discipline, and that children will choose or career. The expo will be hosted from eight o’clock in the morning (08h00) to three o’clock (15H00) ferent local and international media personalities will taking place in the evening.

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