Windhoek — Information and Communication Technology Minister JoÃ«l Kaapanda has called on Windhoek High School learners to keep away from tribalism, regionalism, sexism and other social evils that can destroy unity in the country.
Kaapanda made the call on Tuesday while addressing Windhoek High School learners on the Nationhood and National Pride Campaign launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba last year under the theme "My Namibia, My Country, My Pride". He said violence against women and children and other vulnerable people are increasing in the country.
"I wish to call upon you as leaders of tomorrow to condemn domestic violence and passion killings of young women in our country.
Let us, together, build a passionate and caring society where all Namibians will feel safe and protected," he noted.
The minister believes that Windhoek High School is a model school, where learners from different backgrounds are socially and academically integrated for common goals and objectives.
He encouraged the learners to display high discipline and good conduct at all times towards their teachers, fellow learners and the entire Namibian citizenry.
Kaapanda urged the learners to be proud and to love their country, and endeavour in all they do to make Namibia a winning nation.
"In school, you must study hard and achieve high levels of education to be able to serve your country and contribute to her development.
I wish to see future business and political leaders as well as top civil servants come from Windhoek High School, who will contribute to the socio-economic development of our country," he said.
The minister also appealed to the learners to guard against vandalism, and to preserve the clean surroundings of their school.
Kaapanda pointed out that vandalism and destruction of State property are common in many schools countrywide, as is littering, which causes unhygienic environments which are not conducive for human habitation.
He further shared his thoughts on the national symbols, saying the national flag, national anthem and coat of arms represent Namibia's identity.
"It is important to make it clear that the Namibian flag is not a flag of a political party. It is a symbol of national unity, and all of us, irrespective of our political affiliation, must respect and honour it," he cautioned, adding that these symbols are the foundation of their existence as a nation, because the rest of the world identify Namibians by these symbols.