24 January 2013

Namibia: No More Marginalised On Primary Education


The Church of Africa Youth League is calling all marginalised communities to make sure that their children are registered for education, as the Ministry of Education has rolled out free primary education. The Church of Africa Youth League is the affiliate to the National Youth Council of Namibia and one of its objectives is to look after the marginalised group.

The youth league executive committee is calling on all stakeholders, especially the parents, to keep on supporting children in schoolwork, buying uniforms and others.

Again, we are urging the parents/guardians to make sure their kids have all the needed materials such as stationery while the government is still preparing the logistics to provide all the schools in Namibia with stationery.

Parents' support would avoid delays, as we do not know how soon government will be able to provide all schools with stationery.

We quote from the message of His Excellency President Hifikepunye Pohamba, that this year is the year of hard work. Therefore, we all need to work as the government has already started to work hard by giving free primary education. We should not start to relax, as our taxpayers are the ones paying for the free education.

Everybody should now look after all the learners that are in primary schools, so that we not see many class failures that might waste our government's resources.

With the announcement of free primary education we do not see the marginalised learners in only one school - apples should be mixed with bananas, carrots and others for good ingredients. Meaning that if we put all slow learners together then the performance will be slow as well and many learners from marginalised groups did not go to pre-primary school, and it will lead to poor performance.

Finally, yet importantly, let me thank the Minister, Deputy Minister, the management, the entire team of the Ministry of Education and the relevant stakeholders who also have participated during the National Education Conference in 2011 where this issue was discussed and now it is put into action. To the learners, the CAYoL wishes you all the best in 2013 with good grades that come from hard work and commitment.

Be Blessed, Amen.

Edmud Uaundjua Ndjavera is the president of the Church of Africa Youth League

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