14 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, October 25 2017 | NEW ERA Amugongo launches Facebook Developer Circle Photo: Contributed African envoy… Marizan Fisch, Miss World Tourism African Ambassador 2017, being welcomed by learners of Helen Van Rhjin Primary School in Lüderitz on Monday after her return from the Miss World Tourism pageant in China. Teacher returns to heroine's welcome at Lüderitz van Rhjin PS Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz It was an exciting and joyful Monday morning for teachers, staff and learners at Helen Van Rhjin Primary School when they welcomed their newly crowned Miss World Tourism African Ambassador 2017. Tears of joy and pride could be seen on many faces for Marizan Fisch for winning the title and representing Namibia on such a prestigious world platform. Fisch was crowned Miss World Tourism African Ambassador 2017 during the recently held Miss World Tourism pageant in Ordos City, China on October 18. The 22-year-old beauty, born in Keetmanshoop in //Kharas Region is a teacher at the school. “I was so honoured to represent my country dream come true to represent my region. God has only been good to me,” said Fisch, adding winning the Miss Suiderlig High School 2011 in Keetmanshoop. That same year she was crowned Miss Teen Keetmanshoop. In 2013, she was second princess in the Miss Unam contest. She was crowned Miss Congeniality in 2015 during the Miss Namibia competition. show in Namibia last year 2016 - sharing for giving her these wonderful opportunities. Her message to all women, young and old all over Namibia, is to never give up on what they believe in, and to never surrender their goals and dreams for anything. “Do not let your circumstances stop you from having a vision. You can be anything you want as long as you have God as your number one in your life and if you always believe in yourself,” she emphasised. The girls’ crew… The group of girl guides who attended a girls’ empowerment conference in Windhoek last Saturday, courtesy of the Girl Guides Association of Namibia (GGAN). Photo: Contributed Staff Reporter Girl Guides empowered October 21 was considered a day of empowerment for the Girl Guides Association of Namibia (GGAN). The day started off with an “Empower Her” girls’ conference led by Mirjam Agapitus and Maloney Aoxamus, two the conference was to encourage the girls to consider arts and crafts as a way to develop as most of the time they only use the stove which offers a chance for children to be says Monica Iipinge regional commissioner (central region) of the GGAN. Towards the end of the day, new leaders of the Guides were elected. Gretta Gaspar as chief commissioner, Maija Shingenge as international commissioner and Iipinge. When it comes to inspiring young people about what they can achieve for themselves, honesty about one’s triumphs and failures is invariably the best policy. “Young women need female role models to inspire success”, GGAN. The CGAN was founded in 1923 and provides non-formal educational strong women. The association is currently active in the north, west and central regions of Namibia. The association is supported by the Ministry of Arts, Education and Culture, and that they do not disrupt the normal school schedules. For more information please refer to www.girlguidesnamibia.org Pinehas Nakaziko Developer Circle programme at the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII) Mobile Lab. Amugongo says the Developer Circle is a community-driven programme that’s free and open to any developer. Developer Circles are new ideas, and learn about the latest technologies “I am so happy and thrilled that I have created my new programme,” he says, adding that the perfectly well, even when a person is not on “The Developer Circles empower a diverse and access the information they need from stronger communities, and creating more technical awareness, his goal is to empower several years has focused on helping early-stage startups succeed. As one of the youngest innovators locally, computer science and innovation. He has been heading the local Google Developers Group He holds a Bachelor of Information Technology (IT) in Software Engineering degree, an Honours degree in Computer Science (Cum Laude), and a Masters degree in Computer Science, which he obtained from the Polytechnic of Namibia, now the University of Science and Technology (NUST). At the age of 23 years, Amugongo was selected as one of the hundred Brightest Young Minds and was also awarded the Youth Innovator Award by the National Commission on Research, Science and Technology. He is a highly motivated and diligent individual with a strong passion and determination to succeed against all odds. He plans to impart youth, empowering others to code and equip Young innovator… Lameck Mbangula Amugongo demonstrates how his new programme, Windhoek Facebook Developer Circle works. It was launched last Saturday at the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII).
Wednesday, October 25 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 15 Popya with Beatrix Bianca Auala... Oiling the criminal justice system Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek “I am a go-getter and firmly believe in placing education at the forefront of everything I do. I am an independent woman and strive to do great in every endeavour I undertake,” says Beatrix Bianca Auala, one of the youngest lawyers in the country, who also owns her own law firm, BB Boois Attorneys. Bianca is a strong advocate in ensuring that the criminal justice system remains oiled. She also provides free legal advice to communities who would otherwise not have access to a legal practitioner, targeting women in these communities as they run the consisting of just female lawyers championing women’s rights. “In front of you, you see a young and determined woman, who wishes to empower and inspire the youth of Namibia to do, and be, great,” she makes her determination clear. Auala was born in Windhoek and raised with tons of love and discipline by her parents. “I was taught that you should always be humble and never turn a blind eye to the ill-treatment or suffering of those less fortunate than yourself.” she has to be an example to them all. “I always found myself in the role of deputy-parent. This means that my every move had to be calculated as I knew from an early age that I was an example to my sisters and that they would be inspired to follow in my footsteps no matter what path I took,” she says. She always had to make positive choices to ensure her siblings have the right footsteps to follow in. Auala started her schooling at Emma Hoogenhout Primary School (EHPS), where she says discipline and hard work were instilled in them from Grade 1. She completed high school in 2001 at Delta Secondary School Windhoek (DSSW) and obtained her LLB (Bachelor of Laws) degree from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa. needs a lot of reading and attention.” She also spent nine months in Armidale, Australia as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. The main aim of the programme was to promote international peace and understanding between the two nations. Currently, Auala is living her “I am extremely passionate about criminal law. I believe that the manner in which we treat our accused persons says a lot about us as a nation. My aim is to create a criminal justice system in which we respect the rights of we treat them with the highest standards of humanity and dignity,” she says, adding that she wants those who are working within the criminal justice to always ask themselves how would they treat the suspect or accused person if he or she were their brother/cousin/mother, etc. “Entering the professional world has been very exciting after so many attorney as I am the voice of those who would otherwise not be heard. When I am able to help someone, the attitude of gratitude on their faces and those of their loved ones is what keeps me going.” This year Auala was selected as one of the Namibians to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship. “I entered the fellowship on the business and entrepreneurial track, assigned to the University of San Diego in San Diego, California. It is a Catholic university, committed to preparing compassionate and ethical leaders, and offering programmes in liberal arts, business and many more.” Mentorship… outreach programme and celebration of the International Girl Child Day, hosted in the Mariental Community Library recently. Photo: Contributed Year of mentoring girls ends in style Staff Reporter Mariental Youths united in the Girl Child: Mentorship Group – a group of young girls from the Mariental community in the Hardap Region – ended this year’s activities in style with a celebration of the Girl Child International Day here recently. The day was attended by thirteen girls from different the region, Sandrina Makchete. As part of the activities learners were given a chance to show what they have learned from the group’s outreach programme throughout the year. “The programme capacitated us with information technology skills. I also learned how to type something with a computer and understand how to search information when doing my schoolwork,” says Patience Jod. Levithea Lambert says she learned about healthy relationships, adding that one needs to have a healthy Africa has the fastest-growing economies in the world as well as the youngest population, expected to double by 2055. This growth presents an opportunity to transform this youth boom into a catalyst for industrialising Africa or it can undermine the progress that has been made. The real question is what do we do with the youth and how to develop their capacity to unlock their potential to be positive agents of change and contribute towards job-creation. Harnessing this youth dividend is therefore pivotal for Africa’s development. It is crucial that the public and private sector in collaboration with the youth identify alternative pathways to sustainable livelihoods. This will address the current challenges faced by the youth such as unemployment, inequality, poverty and social unrest. There is a need to build inclusive societies that allow young people to enter the workforce, generate wealth and be of service by participating in political systems. For the youth to be a driving force for industrialisation, adequate investments have to be made in education, health, employment and good governance. Unlocking and optimising this potential also entails structural economic transformation that includes youth participation in strategic sectors such as energy, agriculture, information and communication technology. Therefore, the formulation and implementation of industrial policies inclusive of is key. Moreover, Africa must continue to leverage solutions to have greater participation in the existing value continentally and globally across industries. At the nexus of a dynamic youth population and communication with someone to have a healthy relationship with that person. Lambert further explains that a few factors contribute to a healthy relationship, such as respect for one another, compromise, support and honesty. Machtilde Uugwanga explains that she has learned how to prepare for the examinations, making reference to studying tips. These tips include learners having enough time to study, organising their study materials and reading old examination papers for further understanding. Nicole Haimbili says she has learned about teenage pregnancy, the causes of it such as peer pressure, absent parents, glamorisation of pregnancy, lack of knowledge about the subject and drinking among teenagers. attitude towards the programme. Learners were given The girls also visited the Mariental Magistrate’s Court, meeting prosecutor Timo Iitula who oriented them by explaining and demonstrating a court proceeding. Iitula also showed them what a case docket looks like. Industrialising Africa, investing in youth dividend rapidly growing digital economies lies an opportunity to take Africa forward. Rwanda is an example of an African economy that is taking advantage of digital solutions to improve Africans’ lives, e.g. using drones to deliver medicine. In addition, Africa has in the world, which present a myriad of opportunities. countries have a unique environment and opportunity to transform their youth boom into broad-based poverty reduction, which can be achieved by investing heavily in skills and human capital. There is an urgent need to improve and support technical and vocational education that will empower youth to go after the jobs of the future. Furthermore, there are limited opportunities in formal employment, and therefore, the culture of entrepreneurship has to be fostered and the necessary support such as creating market access, and providing access to funding should be prioritised. It is pivotal that forwardlooking strategies are formulated to create production jobs and build globally relevant skills bases to drive African economies. The reality is that Africa is demonstrating tremendous promise - the youth dividend has the continent’s vision articulated in the African Union’s Agenda 2063 ‘The Africa We Want’. The continent needs sustainable skills, solutions and infrastructure to leapfrog into the mid-21st century and the youth are more than capable to drive industrialisation towards Africa’s renewal.