12 Wednesday 9 May 2018 NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER Learners excited by leadership academy Chosen…Learners from Hage Geingob Secondary School, who have been selected for the Afrox Leadership Academy. Selected…Learners from Delta Secondary School, who will attend the Afrox Leadership Academy launched in Windhoek on Monday •Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek – Sixteen Grade 10 learners from Windhoek’s top performing secondary schools such as Delta, Eldorado and Hage Geingob have been selected to partake in the Afrox Leadership Academy over a sixmonth period this year. Grace Mackinza, 16, who has achieved many accolades and recently won first place in the English and German public speaking competitions in the country, says she hopes, after attending the academy, to impact fellows, especially those who are suffering from depression to continue living. Twapewa Mungoba, who recently represented Namibia at international debating competitions in South Africa and Botswana, says she wants to achieve a lot and spread a message of successfulness to fellow learners. “I also want to change the mindset of the youth, to let them know that we are the future leaders,” says Mungoba. Martin Nafuka, a member of the Eldorado Pan-African Club and the school choir, says she wants to be a leader and change the lives of the youth for the better. Learners will, amongst others, be equipped with the necessary soft skills to make a tangible impact in their communities. Afrox Namibia will cover all costs needed to execute the programme. The programme will include a oneweek leadership training camp, followed by active engagement in community projects for which participants will receive mentorship and assistance. The first year of the programme will run on a small scale as a pilot programme. Lessons learnt from the pilot will form the backbone for future national implementation. With the assistance of school principals and life skills teachers, the participants were selected from over 90 applicants from the three schools. The learners went through a rigorous selection process in which each had to write a motivation letter to the selection committee. This involved describing why they want to take part in the academy, having an endorsement letter from their life skills teacher supporting their application, and having to attend a one-on-one interview with the programme coordinators as part of the final selection process. According to the organisers, it’s well documented that building leadership at a young age encourages responsibility and develops a positive mindset and organisational skills, which eventually allow the leaner to become more responsible and engaged citizens. Following the launch of the academy on Monday, selected participants will travel to the Rock Lodge training centre in Okahandja for a oneweek leadership training camp. The academy programme will culminate in a graduation ceremony to be held in October, where the participants will share their experiences of the Afrox Leadership Academy, and present the results of their community projects. A great deal of R(EES)pect on DHPS Day of Kindness WINDHOEK – What does respect actually mean and why is respect so important when dealing with oneself, other people and the environment? Kindergarten to Grade 12 classes of the Deutsche Höhere Privatschule Windhoek (DHPS) intensively dealt with this topic on their last school day before the May holidays. Whether during class discussions or group work, by means of self-made pennants or brightly coloured armbands, the question was answered in many ways, even by Namibian singer Ees, who provoked a cheerful hustle and bustle in the everyday school life. The reason for this invitation was not only his #itsup2us campaign, by which he expresses due respect to our environment and has some DHPS classes also participating in it, but also his motivational speech with the focus on respect for one’s own body and other people. “Only say things you really mean, do not take anything personally, make no assumptions and always do your best.” Ees shared his own four rules for respect with the older learners, which was a real inspiration for many children and teenagers. Of course, the vocal performance of the Namibian kwaito singer also formed part of his appearance, and learners sang along enthusiastically in the DHPS auditorium. Without doubt, the message of the Namibian music artist made a lasting impression on the children and teenagers and after his visit the topic of respect was discussed in the classrooms and Ees could convince himself of the lesson outcomes. Learners reflected on the content of the action and wrote feedback letters to the artist, which they subsequently handed to him. Being a great role model for many learners because of his campaigns and actions, it was a great endorsement when the young people took his words to heart and internalised his rules for respect. Since 2012 already, the ‘Day of Kindness’ has been of special significance at DHPS. A teacher working group prepares a total of five motto days each year to motivate learners to actively live important values in the school community, and sustainably internalise them in their everyday school life. Day of Kindness…EES with the SRC representatives of the Deutsche Höhere Privatchule (DHPS), Carissa Esslinger and Hilton Swartbooi. Photo: Contributed Youth champion culture •Staff Reporter WINDHOEK – Youth were among the participants in the Otjiherero Cultural Festival under the auspices of the Ovaherero Cultural Youth League (OCYL) at the Okakarara Trade Centre. The festival that took place on April 28, attracting close to 500 people, saw youth participating in various cultural activities like drilling parades, choral singing and notably praise-singing in which children of tender age particularly distinguished themselves. Praise-singing is highly popular among the Otjiherero-speaking communities and hitherto has been considered a difficult cultural facet to attain because those excelling in it are not only deemed deep rooted in the Otjiherero cultural ways but must be well versed in the history of these communities. Basically praisesinging, okutanga ala Otjiherero culture, entails the oral transmission of the history of these communities poetically, making those transmitting such history poets in their own right. They can be likened to the griots in West Africa. The socio-economic fabric of the Otjiherero communities revolves around land and cattle as basic tenets. Attendant to such were various artefacts such as the homestead, of which an important tenet thereof is the holy fire. And ultimately the various wars for survival to protect these. These are usually the elements which form part of most praise-singing among the Otji-communities. Inherent in such praise-singing has also been the ability to know one’s various lineages, paramount of them the patrilineal and matrilineal clans, omayanda. Thus it was not only amazing for many to see youngsters entreating what all along Young cultural ambassadors… Young cultural adherents introducing themselves by their clan matrilineal and patrilineal lineage and descent, known as okurihangununa, during the first ever Otjiherero Cultural Festival at the Okakarara Trade Fair Centre on April 28. Photo: Contributed has been considered difficult cultural embodiments, but reassuring that culture, besides modern, usually western cultural influences and trappings, is far from dying with the younger generations taking on the cultural baton. Otjinene United Youth Choir emerged winner in the choir competitions going away with N,000 and a trophy, Okakarara Constituency Youth Choir first runner-up getting N,000 and the Ongombonbome (Waterberg) Junior Secondary School in third place winning N0. Ngurije Katusuva, conductor of the Otjinene Choir, also returned home with N0 for his personal pocket for his conducting antics.
Wednesday 9 May 2018 NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 13 Dedication pays Popya with Lydia Shipateko… WINDHOEK - With a natural flair for business and determination to make a success of her life, Lydia Shipateko has shown that graduates can triumph in challenging economic times. Th e t h i r t y - y e a r - o l d Namibian entrepreneur Business minded…Lydia Shipateko. is businessperson with a heart of steel. She is the sole owner of Otjomuise Accounting and Consulting and Velm Investments. Her companies currently employ eight people: five are on full-time and three on part-time basis. Five females and three males. Otjomuise Accounting and Consulting offers services such as bookkeeping, company secretarial services, immigration, tax and financial advisory. Velm Investments, named after her late father, specialises in business consultations, catering and cleaning services. “Jobs were scarce after I completed my tertiary education. I saw a need in this market and went for it. The goal was to create employment for myself and others,” she shares why she chose these business ventures. Born in Luanda, Angola, her parents moved back to Namibia when she was a toddler. Due to challenges experienced by her parents, her aunt who raised her in Soweto, Windhoek, adopted Shipateko. “I see my aunt as my mother. She raised me into the woman that I am today,” she says. Her keen sense for business was evident at an early age. She started a vetkoek selling business when she was at the Augeikhas Primary School. At secondary school, she managed the school’s mini-shop. After matriculating at Hage Geingob Secondary School in 2009, Shipateko went on to study Accounting and Finance at a local tertiary institution. With the financial assistance of her life-partner, she managed to save enough start-up capital. Upon graduating in 2012, she immediately registered her companies and went into business. “The beginning was the hardest part. I had to prove myself to the market,” she says. In 2016, Shipateko sought financial assistance from Bank Windhoek’s Emerging Small and Medium Enterprises (ESME) Finance Branch to buy a company vehicle. Her application was approved within a week. T h e b r a n c h w a s established to support and help promising Namibian entrepreneurs with feasible business ideas. “ESME Finance Branch also focuses on empowering w o m e n a n d y o u n g entrepreneurs. What was evident with Shipateko is her business acumen and financial discipline. Her track record in this area made it much easier for us to assist her,” says the branch’s Credit and Sales manager, Aune Hamukonda. Challenges that many entrepreneurs have to deal with such as lack of capital and collateral were just some of the trials Shipateko faced. She adds, however, that this made her stronger and that business is good. “Despite the current depressed economic activity affecting the volume of projects secured, we have maintained positive financial growth,” she said. Shipateko advises young aspiring entrepreneurs to develop a savings culture. “They must reinvest their funds back into the business for sustainability and avoid s p e n d i n g m o n e y o n expensive luxuries.” Ndambelela Namundjebo and Regina Berenardu are two of Shipateko’s employees. “I enjoy working with her because of her perseverance,” said Namundjebo, who is responsible for the Immigration Department. Her personal assistant, Berenardu said: “She is a hardworking young woman and I am motivated to do the same.” Shipateko is grateful for the relationship and trust that has developed between her and Bank Windhoek. She plans on expanding her business and believes that Bank Windhoek will be with her through the journey. Aspiring entrepreneurs certificated Teachers Exercise: I am responsible for my classes’ results WINDHOEK - One of the main factors contributing to the poor standard of education in Namibia is the lack of certain natural skills in our teachers’ tool-kit. The skills that I am referring to are not taught in any institution, which offers teacher training. However, a teacher who walks his/ her teaching journey with an open eye, ear and heart, will intuitively pick up these skills, because life is the highest university, there is. These exercises are meant for those teachers, who are wise enough to admit that there is always room for improvement. They (exercises) will add flavour to an open-minded teacher’s style of teaching. This is not a theory. This is a feedback borne out of real class- and lecture-room experience. For those who are new to my writing, it is wise to Google my previous articles. The previous article focused our attention on the state of mind of a teacher. We saw that our students can be likened to a mirror, which reflects the mood of a teacher. This consequently means: if a teacher/ lecturer loves his/her subject, the learner/student will love it too. Today’s exercise is a bitter pill to swallow, because it encourages us teachers to be earnest with ourselves. We teachers love to blame our poor results on the government. We are quick to claim that it is the lack of funds, which prevents us from teaching properly. In simpler words, we are very active when it comes to finding a scapegoat. Does this not remind you of small children? Remember when you got into a fight and your parents asked you what happened? More often, you would instantly point out that the other child is at fault. A child would never admit that she/he is partly responsible for the fight. The adult, on the other hand, should be able to reflect and take responsibility for her/his actions. It is time for us teachers to redirect our attention away from the speck in the eye of “Mr Government” so we can remove the log in our own eye. Exercise Every time you go over your class’ tests or assignments, say these words to yourself: I am responsible for my learners/ students’ results. That will gradually change your attitude towards your profession and your learners/students. This exercise alone can shift the standard of education in Namibia. Shapumba ya Shapumba is the founder of Natural Learning Education Consultancy. He teaches how to obtain A+ in any subject (students) and the Secret to Extraordinary teaching (teachers). For booking: shapumbashapumba@yahoo. com or 0812786925 •Staff Reporter WI N DHOEK - Eighteen participants were awarded with certificates after taking part in this year’s Educating Tour & Breakthrough Leadership Workshop, which took place at Erindi Lodge from May 4- 6. The workshop, which is an annual event, is hosted by the Kahengava Foundation in Partnership with the Institute of Accounting and Economic Development (IAED) Namibia. The Kahengava Foundation was initiated by the Kahengava family & Lisa Kamurongo in 2015 as a non-profit organisation focusing on development, poverty, education and health “This programme is in line with our Kahengava Foundation’s Vision 2022 which aims to bring the positive social change and deliver value to the community by 2022.’’ The purpose is for the participants to examine their own thinking, uncover their hidden assumptions and beliefs, enjoy the nature and invent new ways to produce a breakthrough results at their organization,’’ says Olavi Mikael the foundation’s public relations officer. “Our purpose is to bring positive change in the community, and one of our objective is to create more training programmes that promote personal growth and confidence among entrepreneurs,” adds Mikael. Certificated…Participants in a workshop on entrepreneurship hosted by the Kahengava Foundation and IAED Namibia proudly displaying their certificates after the workshop. Photo: Contributed