14 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, November 22 2017 | NEW ERA Poem She has rights and power Olivia Shaanika (16) Society told me to sit down and be quiet They told me to not get involved because I am a female They told me to not express my opinion They told me to not oppose what they believe is best for me Today, I have had enough Today, I will emancipate myself from the norms of society I am more than just a pretty face and a smile I am the possessive element that can control the atmosphere around me I have the right to give my opinion I have the right to stand up and speak And society should listen I am not just a young female Look into my soul and see that I am more than that Women and girls died for me to live freely Free to make my own decisions without the intervention of society I am more than what I show you and what you see I will not allow society to play in my home I will not conform to ‘’woman’’ I will not permit society to decide when I am too grown to play I have the right to play My age does not determine my intelligence or the power I possess Today I stand tall because I embrace my rights My rights give me strength and power to liberate my mind. #KidsTakeOver is not just a hashtag Gottlieb Hamukoshi (18) Windhoek We are the future, and as time moves forward, the future becomes the present, and eventually the past. We cannot keep on waiting for Therefore, we need to be included in decision-making and be ready to take over. In 1989, the United Nations declared November 20 as World Children’s Day. It is a platform that children can use to express themselves on our significance for political, social and economic sustainability. Namibian children should stand up and speak out for our rights. We should know that with rights and freedoms come responsibility. #KidsTakeOver It saddens me when I see children on the streets begging for food and money. We need to do more to support children living poverty. #KidsTakeOver Children and youth need spaces where we can gather to talk about issues that affect us and come up with solutions. We are not powerless, we can work together to build a better Namibia for all. #KidstakeOver All around the world we have intelligent children of different cultures and religions who are innovative, assertive and focused. But many children’s rights are violated, and only a few are privileged. If all the children are given equal opportunities, I believe the present and the future will be prosperous. Our leaders have forgotten the importance of unity. They have become rivals and forgot that they have a nation to lead. Just like genes, these clashes between leaders can be inherited by our generation. I, however, strongly believe that my generation is together despite of our differences in religion, culture, class and sexual orientation. We are a generation that has learned from history, and we know the importance of valuing each other and what we have. I was given the opportunity to work with my peers from different countries. I learned that children can accept each other in tremendous ways. We were able to settle and put our differences aside. Everyone was eager to know about the other’s culture; we were connected. We may be children but we have leadership abilities. We lead at school, manage resources, and assist one another if someone does #KidsTakeOver Key Messages For me to see a person that doesn’t have a roof over their head, food to eat, or clothes to wear makes me very sad. Let’s stand together It makes me happy knowing that government is trying to make a positive difference in children’s lives. Teenage pregnancy is decreasing as we are becoming more and more educated. But we need more youthfriendly centres where young people can go for advice and sexual health services. #KidsTakeOver Adults must stop abusing children physically, verbally and emotionally because it negatively affects children education. #KidsTakeOver Why is the voting age 18? Why can’t 16 year olds vote? We are politically aware at that age already. We can tell the difference between good and bad leadership. Reduce the voting age to 16. #KidsTakeOver Stop the building of a new parliament and use the money #KidsTakeOver Build schools and other facilities in rural areas because children have to walk long distances to access education. Rural children should not understand a particular subject. Children initiate projects that are in the best interest of the child and thus society, such as environmental health, debate and science clubs. They support their peers who struggle with low self-esteem, and are the voice of those who can’t speak for themselves. Article 13 of the child-friendly UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states: “Children have the whatever with others, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms others.” On World Children Day we demand that children are given the opportunity to take part in discussions that are about us. We say: Nothing about us, without us. No matter what our circumstances may be, we have the right to be. Those who can’t write should be taught how. Those who can’t read should learn how. Those who love far from schools should be provided with transport and we need to build more schools. We want to be taught in our own languages too. We are loosing our culture and heritage because the focus is on learning about the west, and not how we can be best just as we are. #KidsTakeOver is just the beginning of us children saying that we too have a voice; we too have intelligent minds; we too have the ability to decide for ourselves what is in our best interest. I do understand that many adults we can and will prove you wrong. We are tired of being called “future leaders”. If we do not lead in the present, there will no future to lead. also be provided with access to ICT at schools and hospitals. We must keep free education forever. #KidsTakeOver Find your voice and build your what you do, nothing can ever be It doesn’t matter where you come from, you can conquer all your dreams. #KidsTakeOver Let’s not be the future, let’s be the present. Start raising your voice now. Adults should stop ignoring us and start listening. Let’s be the voices for those who cannot be those who can’t protect themselves. #KidsTakeOver Factors contributing to teenage suicide Monica Amukugo (18) Windhoek Across the globe, teenagers commit suicide every 100 minutes. Article 6 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) states that every child has the right to life, so what is the main cause of teenage suicide? There are many contributing factors to young people choosing to end their lives. And many times, there are pre-existing factors, such as eating disorders, which can be caused by low self–esteem and bullying. Eating disorders can also be encouraged by the unrealistic, computer enhanced images that mainstream media sell as the perfect body and look. The teenager, his way in the world, can easily be fooled by this. Some teens also struggle with mental health that result in them experiencing a loss of motivation, and not wanting to engage with the world as they used to. What is most important is getting the help as soon as you notice that you are feeling or acting differently. Depression is a leading cause for teenage suicide. It is a serious condition and it upsets me when my peers say they are depressed when they’re actually just upset that they didn’t get the latest electronic device they wanted. So what is depression? It is a serious medical illness that negatively affects the way you feel, think, and the way you do things. Symptoms include feeling sad all the time; loss of interest in things that used to make you happy; trouble sleeping; loss of energy; feeling worthless and guilty. The worst is thoughts of death and suicide. Depression can be caused by trauma such as rape or abuse, bullying, as well as pressure from school and parents. It is very important to know that symptoms must last at least two weeks continuously. Depression is also very different from sadness and grief. Depression is by far for me the perience. The grieving process is natural, and sadness is an emotion everybody will feel eventually. If you’re considering suicide, always remember that there are people who love you dearly and don’t want to loose you. There are beautiful moments ahead, just that makes you happy. Don’t dwell in the past and negative thoughts. Talk to somebody. Remind yourself of your worth. And most importantly you WILL NOT feel this way forever. Always remember that there is one in one trillion chances of having a life. You already have one, so use that one you have to its best potential. Do whatever you want. Be whatever you want. Life is a gift, wake up every day and make the most of it. If you’re dealing with depression, Lifeline/Childline is there to lend an ear on the Toll Free number: 116. For more background see: psychologytoday.com notesfromtherecovering.tumblr. com - healthyplace.com
Wednesday, November 22 2017 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 15 Popya with Staden Siyoka Young entrepreneur talks about success Ocrhain Samapaya Windhoek It doesn’t matter how many times you fail, It doesn’t matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because all that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are.” Mark Cuban. The young, driven and ambitious 28-year-old Staden Siyoka is the founder and mastermind behind the Ongwediva Career Fair and Youth Expo, dating back to 2011 in which over 5000 learners participated. story, the beginning of a new different chapter from a common graduate from the Namibia University of Science and Technology(NUST). “After NUST I started to Ongwediva Career fair and Youth Expo in 2011. We did that with my then business partner Mwala Chenjekwa, and we did a lot of great business ideas together, we were having the times of our lives,” says Siyoka. His humble beginnings in his career, draws a touchline in Tsumeb where he started his primary till his high school. “I started school long time ago, in 1995, while the born frees were still running around in diapers as he chuckles, and matriculated in 2006 from Tsumeb High School,” he recalls. Growing up with his father who he says was the model behind his success was the best thing that life did for him. “When I was growing up, my father was a no nonsense type of guy, he was known as Shylock Siyoka, he always pushed me to do my best, he did not want me to settle for ordinary, he always told me that ‘I’m hard on you because I want the best out of you’, he made sure I went to the best schools, in my early years of school he put my brother and I in private schools so that we could do better in life and stand out, he told us how he did not have the privilege to attend school during the colonial era. But he lost father his mentor. “After my father’s death I was totally devastated, but I wanted to stand tall. I Staden Siyoka began to think long and hard during the whole of 2010 as to what should I do with my life? Ambitions, Siyoka took to business. “While my father’s words and business inspired me, in 2011 I met a man called Simon Kapenda, a PHD holder in Economics from Harvard in USA, he spotted my potential in business as he loved the passion I had for business, he became my mentor.’’ Sailing the boat with much enthusiasm, Siyoka made it in the world of big business joining Joined Groot Management Systems (Pty) Ltd as the Vice President Chief Communications hardwork and clear vision, he quickly moved from one rank to another, becoming a board member at the age of 27 years. Currently he is the president and CEO of Groot Properties (Pty). Siyoka believes he will never stop growing, as the sky is the limit. “I’m a go-getter, I still hustle everyday, if you want to make it in life, the ball is in your hands.” Africa Youth Club sparks excitement Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Young people who gathered at the launch of the African Union Youth Club (AUYC) Namibia last week hosted at the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) are excited about the new youth club hopeful it will shape up the minds of many in discussing issues that Africa is currently facing. Jessica Matheus, a product of Youth Leadership Product, representing the Katutura East Youth Forum learned that AUYC does not intent excluding any youth. “The youth of today need to wake up! Get together and discuss issues that Africa is facing! By doing that, it is possible that we overcome every issue such as unemployment, poverty, income inequality, but with the help of the seniors of course.” She adds that the elders, but asking and hoping the elders in power can engage the youth in implementing policies as well as in decision making. “The youth need the elders for wisdom that’s right, but there is a lack of participation in decisionmaking. We the youth need to get answers by being honest and true to ourselves. We need to get involved and work towards our achievements by 2063,” says Matheus. Prys-God Kaovere who also attended the launch, says an opportunity like this, being part of the AUYC Namibia, is a great thing. “It will make us young Namibian to be part of activities that are happening around us, in Namibia or across Africa,” she appreciates. Kaovere is encouraged and proud that Namibian youths are interested in what is Driven… Jessica Matheus says the African Union Youth Club (AUYC) Namibia will wake up the youth to discuss issues that Africa is facing. Excited… Prys-God Kaovere says the African Union Youth Club (AUYC) Namibia will now involved the youth in planning and decision making. happening around them, and want to do something about it. “I am looking forward to see a lot of the Namibian youth joining such clubs,” she says. The president of the AUYC Namibia, Ester Simon, says AUYC Namibia is a structural network set to assist the African Union (AU) in its strategy to involve the African youth in its activities and programmes. She adds that the club has been of the African Youth Charter and to contribute to the youth’s participation in the rolling out of the activities aimed at achieving Africa’s aspirations as stipulated in Agenda 2063. Agenda 2063 crafts for the continents destination for the next 50 years, which has seven aspirations for Africa. Simon explainS that the club is divided into three important chapters focusing on high school, university and community, for the inclusion of all youth focussing on entrepreneurship, development and education. All set for Miss High School North Staff Reporter Windhoek All seems set for Miss High School North 2017 scheduled for December 20 at Ekamuti Lodge in Ondangwa, Oshana region. Sandro Ithana from the Kashipu Investment CC, says the event is Off to new adventures… The exchange students with German Ambassador to Namibia Christian Schlaga the day before their departure to Germany. Photo: Contributed aimed at empowering young girls in schools in the North and to give them a chance to take part in the pageant to showcase their hidden talents “It is giving the community an opportunity to take a look at the potential possessed by these young girls,” says Ithana. Ten school girls from different schools in the Finalists… Miss High School North 2017 contestants scheduled for December 20 at the Ekamuti Lodge in Ondangwa. Photo: Contributed northern part of the country will be taking part in the pageant. Apart from the main event, Ithana says the road to Miss School North 2017 start with promotional braais at different outletS across the country this Friday. On December parade through Ondangwa, before the big event.