20 March 2013

Namibia: Campaign Fortifies National Pride

Oshakati — The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has been carrying out a civic education programme on Namibia's liberation history and the Nationhood and National Pride Campaign, in Oshana, ahead of the 23rd independence anniversary celebrations.

The aim of the civic education programme targeting schools in the Oshana Region is to enrich learners' understanding of Namibia's liberation history and also to create awareness about the Nationhood and National Pride Campaign spearheaded by the information ministry. The programme that started last week on Monday includes screening of liberation struggle videos, presentations, discussions as well as the distribution of materials on the Nationhood and National Pride Campaign, the prevention of corruption, violence and alcohol abuse.

The ministry's media liaison services chief control information officer, Elizabeth Amagola, said the programme focuses mainly on schools outside Oshakati and in remote parts of Oshana Region, where access to information may be limited.

"Learners in remote areas have limited access to information and as the country celebrates its 23rd independence anniversary, we would like put them in the celebratory mood while at the same time reminding them that Namibia's independence did not come on a silver platter, that is why we are screening videos about how our heroes and heroines fought for the independence of our country. Learners and the youth should be made to understand how our country's independence came about," explained Amagola.

Learners at the schools visited which included Amutanga Combined School, Ekamba Junior Secondary School, Omukandu Combined School, Okaku Junior Primary School and Nengushe Combined School were told to embrace the Nationhood and National Pride Campaign as future leaders.

The Nationhood and National Pride Campaign, which was launched by President Hifikepunye Pohamba in 2011, is a vehicle aimed at sustaining Namibian citizenship by encouraging a sense of national pride and responsibility.

The campaign is in its third year and also aims at educating learners and the youth on the need to respect national symbols such as the flag, the national anthem and the constitution.

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