OUTAPI: Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda on Saturday took the Nationhood and National Pride Campaign to Outapi in the Omusati Region, where he called on youths to always strive for national unity.
Addressing learners from the local David Sheehama Senior Secondary School and other nearby schools, Kaapanda urged Namibian youngsters to keep the country peaceful and stable.
“As the future nation and the leaders of tomorrow you should be respectful and tolerant towards one another,” he stated, adding that it is expected that no one in Namibian society is left behind in terms of national development.
He also called on the learners to study hard in order to become professionals who are well prepared for the job market and leadership.
The ICT Minister wants to see young people refraining from being tribal and region oriented, and said they should rather regard themselves as a united nation at all times.
Kaapanda used the same platform to commend Namibian Paralympic athlete Johanna Benson, who won a gold medal in the T37 200m final at the 2012 Paralympic Games underway in London on Wednesday. She also won silver in the 100m sprint last Sunday.
Expressing his satisfaction with the paralympian’s performance, Kaapanda described her as a good ambassador for the Namibian nation, saying her brilliant performance “put Namibia on the world map”.
“The Namibian flag was also raised high because of her historic achievement. This is our pride as people of Namibia,” Kaapanda stated while urging other Namibian youths to follow suit.
Speaking at the same event, Omusati Regional Councillor for the Oshikuku Constituency, Modestus Amutse encouraged the learners to also do their part for nationhood by refraining from vandalising public property such as school and church buildings, as well as books at school.
The campaign came about in 2006 and was officially launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba on 27 April 2011 at the Parliament Gardens in Windhoek, with the slogan ‘My Namibia, My Country, My Pride’.
Its objectives are, amongst others, to instill a spirit of nationhood and national pride in all Namibian citizens and further, to consolidate the peace and stability in the country.