12 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, November 29 2017 | NEW ERA Lüderitz top Grade 10 learners bound for SA Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz Top performers in Grade 10 at Lüderitz Junior Secondary School are to attend a Sondeza Afri-Youth seminar in South Africa next month, courtesy of the Anglo-American Namibia Foundation and Marco Fishing Group. Expressing appreciation of the donation, Laurinda Ndjao, a learner, applauded the Anglo- American Namibia Foundation for making it possible for them to attend the educational trip. The sponsorship covers transport fees for ten learners and two teachers. The seminar takes place on December 1-10. Marco Fishing Group’s donation is N,000. The vision of the Sondeza Afriyouth seminar is to bring together youths from different countries to build tolerance, understanding and leadership. The mission is to involve the youth of Africa and other countries to take up the challenge of various opportunities, develop their leadership skills and give meaning to the concept of African Renaissance and development amongst the youth of Africa and other countries. The seminar is an annual event and endeavours to involve as many youths as possible. The long-term vision is to establish a youth development centre. Ndjao says a lot is lined up during the seminar as they will be building stronger relationships with youths from other countries and will be able to identify social and environmental problems and how to address and tackle them hands on, among others. “I would like to ensure you that we will represent our country with the highest dignity and pride,” adds Ndjao. The seminar programme includes workshops on personal skills, leadership, emotional development, Aids and global warming. Excursions in Cape Town and other places on the West Coast, as well as fun and games will also take place. Sponsorship… Anglo-American Namibia Foundation coordinator, Richard Cook, hands a donation to a teacher at the Lüderitz Junior Secondary School, Crystal Jantjies, who is leading top performers of Grade 10 at the school on a study tour to Cape Town, South Africa where they are going to attend a seminar from this Friday until next Sunday. Looking Public protest… Members of the public protesting for the release of Hadiya from the perceived “love jihad” having converted to Islam to marry. Indian court orders youth to be taken to college NEW DELHI The Indian Supreme Court in an interim order on the so-called ‘Love Jihad’ case on Monday directed that the 25-year-old Hadiya, alias Akhila, be taken to the medical college for her studies and asked the college to allow a hostel facility for her. A three-judge bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, to the third week of January. The court ordered Hadiya be taken to Shivaraj Homeopathy college at Salem, Tamil Nadu, and asked the college to make all the necessary arrangements for her to complete her studies. The court said the dean of the college will act as her local guardian. During the course of the hearing, the bench asked Hadiya, “Do you like to continue your studies on state’s expense?”. To which, Hadiya said, “I want to, but not on state’s expense when my husband can take care of me.” The bench once again asked whether she wants to go back for studies? This time, Hadiya said she wants to see her husband. The entire ‘Love jihad’ issue started after Akhila Ashokan, a native of Vaikom, Kerala, converted to Islam to marry. What has made the case controversial is the emotions that have been raised in Kerala. The issue has led to a polarisation based on religion in the state. A wife is not a chattel and the husband cannot be her guardian, the Supreme Court said after interacting with Hadiya. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud interacted with 25-year old Hadiya for nearly half-an-hour and posed questions on her life, ambition, studies and hobbies. Hadiya told the Supreme Court that she wanted the 'freedom' to live with her husband, profess her faith in Islam and that she was ery well aware of what she was doing. When the bench asked Hadiya to name any relative or any near acquaintance to be named as her local guardian in college at Salem in Tamil Nadu, she said her husband could be her guardian and she does not want anyone else in that role. "A husband cannot be a guardian of his wife. Wife is not a chattel. She has her own identity in life and society. Even I am not guardian of my wife. Please make her understand," Justice Chandrachud said. The bench posed questions to Hadiya in English while she answered in Malyalam, which was translated by senior advocate V Giri, who appeared for the Kerala government. When the bench asked Hadiya what her dreams are for the future, she replied she wanted freedom and to live with her husband. The bench then asked whether she was comfortable in professing her faith and studying simultaneously and told her that being a good citizen, she can profess her faith and be a good doctor. Hadiya replied she wanted freedom to profess her faith and is fully aware of what she is doing. The bench then asked her whether she wanted to continue her studies and pursue internship in house surgeonship at the expense of the state government. She replied that she wanted to pursue her studies, but not at the state's expense as her husband will take care of her. She further requested the Supreme Court that she be allowed to visit her friend before being taken to Salem, to which the court agreed and directed the state government to provide her security. The court asked Kerala police to ensure that she travelled at the earliest to Salem in Tamil Nadu to pursue homeopathy studies at Sivaraj Medical College there and appointed the dean of the institution as her local guardian. – NDTV.com/CentralChronicle Elombe Youth Expo set for December Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek The much-anticipated Elombe Youth Expo (EYE) is set for December 19-20 at the Elombe pensioning area in Onayena Constituency, Oshikoto Region. Preparations are already in full swing, and this year organisers aim at attracting hundreds of youth from all corners of the country. The expo is an initiative of the Elombe Art Academy (EAA). It started as the Elombe Annual Youth Festival and changed to the Elombe Youth Expo last year. “The event has now changed into an expo as many youths have shown an interest in showcasing their handmade products, rather than just having fun,” says organiser and founder of the EAA, Erastus Tsempo. He adds that they want to make the event m u c h b i g g e r e v e r y year. This year it promises to be e x c i t i n g and full of different entertainment activities such as musical performances, exhibitions, competitions and a beauty pageant, which is one of the main attractions. M i s s Elombe 2016, Karoline Ihuhwa, will make her appearance as a special guest, to hand over the title to a new queen. Bantu, D-Squire, the rising kwaito star Komesho, Tsempo, Young Legend, Ndakondjelwa, M-Shine are some of the artistes who will entertain guests. “The main aim is to promote arts and at the same time help young local business men and women increase market share,” says Tsempo. He adds that the registration for the beauty pageant, which is especially for girls from the surrounding areas, is open until December 13, but the list for the performing artistes is already full. “We are also looking for sponsors to be part of this event. Locals who want to volunteer in organising the event are welcome,” he says. Those interested may contact the organisers at 0813644597 or 081784242. Face of Elombe... Wilhelmina Imene, who is currently the face of the Elombe Youth Expo, which is to take place from December 19-20 at Elombe village.
Wednesday, November 29 2017 | NEW ERA | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 13 Only 23 but doing his second Masters degree PINEHAS NAKAZIKO At the age of 23-year-old, Andreas Iipumbu, a highly driven, motivated and ambitious individual already holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management Cum Laude from Coventry University in United Kingdom (UK), a Masters in Strategic Project Management from Heriot-Watt University, and is currently undertaking his online Masters of Business Administration with the University of South Wales, in the UK. Iipumbu attended his lower education at the St Georges Diocesan College from 2008-2012 in Windhoek, where he was a top ten overall performing learner from Grade 8 throughout to Grade 12. In Grade 10 (2010) and Grade 11 (2011) he was selected and served as a member of the City of Windhoek Junior Council. In Grade 11 he was invited by PriceWaterHouseCoopers to attend an Entrepreneurial Development Programme created for top performer’s countrywide. In Grade 12, Iipumbu was voted by school and staff members to be the Head Boy of St. Georges Diocesan College. He completed his Grade 12 with 54 points out of 60 points. After his Grade 12, Iipumbu went to study Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management at Coventry University in the United Kingdom where he graduated with a Magna Cum Laude in 2016. After his graduation, he was accepted again at one of Scotland’s most prestigious universities, Heriot-Watt University–Dubai campus, where he studied for a Master of Science in Strategic Project Management and graduated in November 2017. That same year, Iipumbu was awarded a scholarship by the University of South Wales for an MBA (Masters of Business Administration), online programme, which he is currently pursuing. “One staying focused with my goals, amidst all the social evils that are present amongst the youth. “Working hard and doing well isn’t necessarily viewed as what’s cool during high school years and people tried to frown that upon me. Your social surrounding can have a big impact on you and that is why to be great’, but then were lead off path by alcohol abuse and drugs,” says Iipumbu. In the UK he was offered drugs and was continuously invited to parties were youth were indulging in dangerous drugs, but for him it was important to remain grounded in his goals. “I always thought to myself this is not why I was sent here, my country needs me I cannot afford to even risk doing this nonsense,” he says. Caught between play and work but became one of his biggest strength. “I have a strong desire in making a positive difference and helping to improve Namibia as a nation. I truly believe in the importance of education as one of the constituents to achieving such and I am strongly challenging and urging my fellow youth to take their education seriously. “We are the future generation entrusted to take our nation to great heights and need to work hard to realise a greater future for our people,” says Iipumbu, adding that he is extremely grounded in improving the lives of the people and society around him. His dreams are to create employment and opportunities through sustainable and innovative ventures. He urges youth not to lose focus on their dreams. Iipumbu was born in 1994 in Paris, France then moved to Washington DC for Namibia in 2005. “I was abroad as my father was representing Namibia as an ambassador during those time periods. I have two older brothers and one young sister and after years of tertiary education abroad I have prospects – UNICEF WINDHOEK Despite global progress, 1 in 12 children worldwide live in countries where their prospects today are worse than those of their parents, according to a United Nations International Children Education Fund (UNI- CEF) analysis conducted for World Children Day. According to the analysis, 180 million children live in 37 countries where they are more likely to live in extreme poverty, be out of school, or be killed by violent death than children living in those countries were 20 years ago. “While the last generation has seen vast, unprecedented gains in living standards for most of the world’s children, the fact that a forgotten minority of children have been excluded from this – through no fault of their own or those of their families – is a travesty” says Laurence Chandy, UNICEF director of data, research and policy in New York. Monday, November 20, marked the day that the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC; United Nations 1989) was formally adopted by the UN General Assembly. This memorable day is now called the World Children’s Day and is used to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. In Namibia, government reports indicates that 34% of children live in poverty compared to 29% of the general population (2012 Child Poverty Report). Poverty can be seen in the high levels of stunting and malnutrition. Stunting affects in Namibia. “Namibia has made many strides in addressing the rights of children, and we applaud the government for that,” says UNICEF representative to Namibia, Rachel Odede. “At the same time we recognise the challenges that still remain; the obstacles that are making many children especially from vulnerable households to remain behind, to be invisible, not have their rights realised and become equal citizens in their country of birth. We need to address these.” The UNICEF analysis assessed children’s prospects in escaping extreme poverty, getting a basic education and avoiding violent deaths. It reveals that: The share of people living on less than .90 (about N-00) a day has increased in 14 countries, including Benin, Cameroon, Madagascar, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This increase is or poor governance. Primary school enrolment has declined in 21 countries, including Syria and Tanzania, due to rapid population growth and the Violent deaths among children below the age of 19 have increased in seven countries: Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen – all countries experiencing major con- Four countries: Central African Republic, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen witnessed a decline across more than one of the three areas measured, while South Sudan has experienced declines across all three. A separate UNICEF survey of children aged 9-18 in 14 countries also released on Monday shows that children are deeply concerned about global issues affecting their peers and them personally, includ- climate change, unfair treatment of refugees and migrants, and poverty. include: - Half of children across all 14 countries report feeling disenfranchised when asked how they felt when decisions are made that affect children around the world. - Children in South Africa and the United Kingdom feel the most disenfranchised with 73 percent and 71 percent respectively reporting feeling that their voices are not heard at all or their opinions do not make a change anyway. - Children in India report feeling the most empowered with 52 percent of children believing their voices are heard and can help their country and that their opinions can affect the future of their country. Children across all 14 countries tion and poverty as the biggest issues they wanted world leaders to take action on. Across all 14 countries, violence against children was the biggest concern with 67 percent reporting worrying a lot. Children in Brazil, Nigeria, and Mexico are the most worried about violence affecting children, with 82 percent, 77 percent and 74 percent respectively worrying a lot about this issue. Children in Japan are the least likely to worry, with less than a quarter of children surveyed (23 percent) worrying a lot. Children across all 14 countries are equally concerned about terrorism and poor education with 65 percent of all children surveyed worrying a lot about these issues. Children in Turkey and Egypt are the most likely to worry about terrorism affecting them personally, at 81 percent and 75 percent, respectively. By contrast, children in the Netherlands are the least likely to be concerned that terrorism would affect them directly, at just 30 percent. Children in Brazil and Nigeria are the most concerned about poor quality education or lack of access, with more than 8 in 10 children worrying about this affecting children across the world. Around 4 in 10 children across all 14 countries worry a lot about the unfair treatment of refugee and migrant children across the world. Children in Mexico, Brazil and Turkey are the most likely to worry about unfair treatment of refugee and migrant children across the world, with nearly 3 in 5 Mexican children expressing fear, followed by more than half of children in Brazil and Turkey. Around 55 percent of children in Mexico are worried this will personally affect them. Nearly half of children (45 percent) across 14 countries do not trust their adults and world leaders to make good decisions for children. Brazil has the highest proportion of children (81 percent) who do not trust leaders, followed by South Africa at 69 percent. Children in in their leaders, with only 30 percent not trusting. Barack Obama, Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift are the most popular names for children to invite to their birthday party, with the former president of the United 9 of the 14 countries. Watching TV featured as the number one hobby of choice in 7 out of 14 of the countries.