Windhoek — Following the reunion of the Elders event held in the capital last week, the President of the Namibia Sport and Recreation Club (NSRC) and self-proclaimed sports guru Lazarus Mambo, called for support from both the private and public sectors.
The social reunion also doubled up as an information sharing undertaking and to ask important questions such as, "What happened to the erstwhile and tangible love and trust of each other", according to Mambo.
The NSRC is in the process of reviving and restoring sports and recreation programs conceived in Windhoek's Old Location, while also promoting active participation in sports not only for the elderly, but also for young people, especially 'school dropouts'.
"We embrace the challenge to develop new frontiers, which our young people may be able to surpass in the future.
In foreign countries such as the USA and the UK, they used to have major drug and alcohol abuse problems, young people were sniffing and poking each other with needles, but after the authorities introduced community-based development programs, those nasty practices have been consigned to history," Mambo said.
Mambo said by giving young people something to preoccupy themselves with would get their minds off the evils of street-life and will have the desired effect - which is to induce the sort of behaviour that will complement discipline and good morals.
The NSRC has Sporting, Recreation and Community Development committees with over 27 disciplines including Kung Fu, Art/Drama and Upholstery.
"We are partners in youth development. Please, Namibia Sports Commission and Ministry of Youth National Service Sports and Culture, let us join forces before scores of young school dropouts in Katutura are lost on us."
He said everything should be done to keep young people in Katutura from falling into the wrong hands, adding that the NSRC's Physical Training and Education (P.T.E) Centre would go a long way in helping young people from poor communities.