At a workshop convened to draw up the strategic plan here on Saturday, the Ovambanderu leadership bemoaned the lack of understanding of vital traditional rites and rituals by the youth, hence the importance of educating them on such matters.
It was resolved that there is a need to educate woman and girls on how to conduct themselves in periods of mourning, as they are traditionally more often the ones expected to lead the process.
Updated information on health-related matters, such as HIV/Aids, is also needed to bring the vast majority of Ovambanderu residing in rural areas up to speed with the disease and its implications, it was noted.
Paki Pakarae, a seasoned trainer and community activist who conducted the workshop on Saturday, told Nampa that various issues pertaining to how the Ovambanderu could grow as a people were discussed.
“The workshop looked at how the current generation of Ovambanderu leaders could leave a trail of success and great legacy to their children on various topics for them to follow when the current generation is no more,” he noted.
Although choosing not to join the fray of condemnation of the ongoing public debate on mini-skirts, the workshop however found that there was indeed a necessity to educate the youth on proper dressing etiquette.
A daily newspaper early this week quoted Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga as saying the police do not want to interfere in citizens’ constitutional freedom, but there is a “need to underline the importance of culture, especially to our young people, and that includes what they wear”.
The Inspector-General is said to have stated that those wearing “revealing” clothes will be arrested.
Participants at Saturday’s workshop reasoned that traditional values were clear and speak volumes on how a man or woman is supposed to dress, behave and conduct him or herself in public.
They also felt that traditional values were being sacrificed due to the domination of western cultures, which could badly affect the conduct of future generations.
The workshop drew participation from all over the Omaheke Region, with participants coming from Aminuis, Epukiro, Otjombinde, Otjinene and Eiseb.
The recommendations emanating from the workshop will be included in the draft of the strategic plan.