GOBABIS: Over 100 youths from across the Omaheke Region last week gathered at the Okonjama village in the Aminuis constituency for the region’s annual youth camp.
The youth camp, an initiative of the Omaheke office of the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture is aimed at disseminating vital information on health, education and training to the youth in an interactive manner.
Various organisations participated in this year’s camp, including the National Youth Council (NYC), Community Healthcare Services Namibia (COHENA), the Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC) and the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN).
The youth camp was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, who provided much needed education on health-related matters such as HIV/AIDS, contraception and reproductive health, amongst other things.
The acting Head of the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture office at Gobabis, Eckey Karuuombe told Nampa on Tuesday that the youth camp, which took place from 13 to 19 August, proved to be a huge success.
“The programme was a huge success as all youth gathered at Okonjama commented that they had received valuable information that was often hard to come by,” she said.
Karuuombe noted that youth in the rural areas are often left out in the dissemination of vital information on career choices, health and moral education.
“We are trying to bridge that gap through initiatives such as the youth camp, where the youth come together to share information and experiences and learn from each other,” she noted.
The youths spent a week camping and sleeping in the open, relying on fire for every aspect of their lives such as for lighting, cooking and keeping warm during their stay in the camp.
The hosting of the youth camp is rotated amongst the different constituencies of the Omaheke Region.