17 Jun 2013 11:50
WINDHOEK, 17 JUN (NAMPA) - The Minister of Education, David Namwandi launched the education activities planned for the 50th anniversary of the formation of the African Union (AU) in the capital on Monday.
The year-long AU celebration started on 25 May this year under the theme ?Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance?, and the theme allocated to the month of June by the AU is ?Education and Human Resources?.
The Ministry of Education decided to embark on its activities for the event as from June 2013 to 25 May 2014 under the themes ?Celebrating African Heroes and Heroines? and ?Proudly African?.
The launch also coincided with the commemoration of the Day of the African Child, which was attended by learners from various schools in the Khomas Region. The Day of the African Child is observed on 16 June every year.
During the launch, Namwandi explained that the planned activities for Namibia include essay writing competitions for schools and tertiary institutions, a short story and poetry writing competition, a debating competition for senior secondary schools and tertiary institutions, and visual art competition for schools, vocational training centres, the College of the Arts and institutions of higher learning.
The activities also include a science fair and science awareness activities for schools, a choir competition for secondary schools and some communities, and the launch of a National Library Services' Reading Promotion on 24 June 2013 at Katutura.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners at national level for all competitions and categories, he said.
?The 50th anniversary of the AU provides a unique opportunity for Namibians to define our mission and to act with determination and focus to realise our mission in the shortest possible time,? the Education Minister stressed.
Namwandi explained that in May 2013, the AU summit held in Addis Ababa directed all AU member states to plan activities to celebrate the Golden Jubilee (the organisation?s 50th Anniversary).
He said Namibia and its children are determined and prepared to engage and provide their contribution to the development of Vision 2063 for Africa.
?We can study hard and develop the discipline not to be distracted from the noble task of learning,? he said, noting that by doing this, the youth of Africa will become knowledgeable and will be able to develop natural and human resources.