6 February 2013

Namibia: More Tributes for Iyambo

Windhoek — As the nation grieves the death of Dr Abraham Iyambo, the Minister of Education, who died in London in the United Kingdom on Saturday, condolence messages continued to pour in from organisations and individuals moved by the monumental loss.

On behalf of the youth, the National Youth Council's executive chairperson, Mandela Kapere, said at a press conference.

"Dr Iyambo was an inspiration to many and a symbol of hope and optimism for the Namibian youth. His passing robs young Namibians of an enduring role model and iconic figure."

Kapere said Iyambo had worked tirelessly to engender a sense of unity of purpose with regard to education of the nation's youth.

"We have seen the massive expansion of access to tertiary education during his leadership, the provision of free primary education, the massive expansion of the number of classrooms available in rural schools," Kapere said.

Kapere urged the nation to refrain from speculating on Iyambo's cause of death and who his successor would be at this point in time - and that the entire nation should rather focus on mourning Iyambo.

" As young people we must use the occasion of the passing of Dr Iyambo as a rallying point, in order to strengthen our own patriotic commitment to the advancement of the Namibian society. It is a moment for us to rededicate ourselves to excellence, delivery and above all faith in the future republic."

Veronica de Klerk the executive director of Women's Action for Development (WAD) on behalf of WAD's Board of Directors, management and staff expressed her condolences to the family of Iyambo and the Namibian Cabinet.

"The nation is shocked, devastated and sad at the news of a true statesman who was very sincere in leading education to excellence in all its facets," said the executive director.

"The late Hon. Dr Iyambo was a friend of WAD who carefully considered the organisation's submissions and recommendations, aimed at improving education, the enhanced preparation of the youth for adult life and to nurture a much greater respect for young girls and women as equal citizens among learners," De Klerk said in her tribute.

"The late Dr Iyambo further had a sympathetic ear for WAD's appeal to pronounce Life Skills a compulsory and examinable subject at all secondary schools in a bid to prepare learners for life and to cultivate citizens to respect the core values of civilized cohabitation," she said.

"Dr Iyambo was very sincere in striving towards improving the quality of education in Namibia and there is no doubt that he worked exceptionally hard for it," she said.

"His untimely death is a tremendous blow to education in Namibia. It is WAD's sincere hope that a worthy successor will soon be found to continue the exceptional work of the late Dr Iyambo. WAD salutes the late Abraham Iyambo on one of his last achievements - to establish free primary education in Namibia, to enable every Namibian child to enroll for primary education. His legacy will live on forever," said De Klerk

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