New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Hano Opens Year Motivating Youth

Windhoek — Nothing is impossible for any youth and as long as they have their brainpowers the sky is the limit.

These were the inspirational and motivational words from Phildagious Kahambundu, Hano Youth Foundation's volunteer strategic partner and Special Personal Assistant to the Minister of Justice, during Hano's first meeting for the year in Katutura last Wednesday to introduce the organisation to the youth. The organisation helps youth in various endeavours like encouraging them to attend school and even some deserving learners with school fees as well as facilitating learners to enter institutions of higher learning, with placement in school and in job attachments and even work placements after training.

Kahambundu, was one of several motivational speakers including Edison Uapingene from the Protestant Unity Church's Aids Care Unit; Hano's Branches Coordinator, Veueza Kandjii, who is also Air Namibia's Personal Executive Secretary, and the 2011 Grade 12 cam laude learner from Otjimbingue, Natasha Kameeta, now medicine students with the University of Namibia (Unam)'s school of medicine. Through their induction into the new year and familiarisation with Hano's activities, the youth were taken through various aspects impacting on them from education, and the importance thereof, to HIV/AIDS awareness and the need to protect oneself or abstain.

Kameeta impressed upon fellow youths that failure in school was not the end of the world as there are still other opportunities available to those who do not obtain the necessary mark at school. Noting that Grade 12 performance last year was not impressive, Kameeta nevertheless advises that opportunities exist for youngsters unable to remain in school or enroll with institutions of higher education like the University of Namibia (Unam) or the Polytechnic of Namibia, included institutions such as the College for Open Learning (Namcol) and The University Centre for Studies in Namibia (Tucsin). She said these institutions are there for a purpose where learner could improve their grades and emphasising that failure is not the end of the world. "Life does not end when you pass or fail, life still goes on. We all wan this country to be developed and to be able to reach Vision 2030. We all want to be successful not successful as having money but we all want to have a job. To be there, live up to your dreams and achieve everything that you want to achieve," says Kameeta.

Kameeta adds that for those in school, education is the gateway to many things explaining that for herself her educational achievement has opened many doors for her. Such doors, however, can only open if one works hard at school and she thus encourages learners to especially study hard as education is the only way out of poverty. She further motivates youngsters that nothing is impossible pointing out that those who have achieved today are human beings like anyone thus nothing is impossible for everyone if they put their minds to it.

"If someone can do it then all of us can do it. So let's live up to our standards and let's be confident, let's study and let's become educated people and help upgrade our country. Everyone can make a contribution. We are all here for a purpose. We all have different talents.

Don't hide your talents. Make use of them then you will end up being a successful person and contributing," Kameeta inspires. One of the co-founders of Hano, Nockey Kaapehi, says education is the greatest equaliser. Sketching the difficulties he experienced through his life including being a street sweeper at one point, he says only through education can one become something thus encouraging especially school children to take their schooling seriously and to remain in schools.

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