28 January 2013

Namibia: Ministry Implements Nationhood Campaign

Windhoek — The implementation of the Nationhood and National Pride (NNP) campaign programme spearheaded by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) is progressing well, with stakeholders planning to carry out more civic education initiatives across the country.

The civic education initiatives are aimed at educating all Namibians about the objectives of the NNP campaign, which was launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba on April 27 2011, under the theme 'Love My Namibia, My Country, My Pride'.

The campaign aims at strengthening unity and a sense of pride among all Namibians by encouraging them to reject all forms of social ills such as tribalism, alcohol abuse, violence against women and children as well as vandalism of public properties, among others.

Furthermore, the campaign serves as a vehicle to support and sustain Namibian citizenship and to motivate individual and collective consciousness of duty, commitment, obligation and responsibility to the nation and to each other as fellow citizens.

A connection has been observed between division, lack of national cohesion and violent crime in society, therefore the NNP campaign is the thread that seeks to bind people to their natural and acquired habitats, where citizens working together in harmony share the nation's challenges, pride and destiny.

Since the campaign launch, MICT has undertaken numerous awareness creation initiatives in Otjozondjupa, Oshana, Omaheke, Kavango, Caprivi, Kunene, Omusati and Hardap regions.

Awareness creation initiatives entail briefing traditional leaders on the objectives of the campaign and soliciting their support, discussions with learners and teachers, competitions and quizzes at schools, showing edutainment videos at youth centres as well as interviews on local and regional radio stations.

The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda, has been instrumental in promoting the message of the NNP campaign in all corners of the country.

During one of the meetings with King Immanuel Eliphas of Ondonga Traditional Authority, the minister briefed the senior headmen on the NNP campaign implementation process and asked for their support in communicating the message of unity and national pride to all communities.

He also held discussions with the leadership of the ELCIN Church at Oniipa to brief them and establish the collaboration link between the ministry and the church as part of efforts to encourage support for the NNP campaign.

This year MICT plans to take the campaign to the remaining regions of Erongo and Karas where more civic education initiatives will take place.

As the country marches towards Vision 2030, all citizens need to play their roles in making Namibia a prosperous country and this is only achievable if the citizens are united and are proud of their motherland.

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