All secondary school learners must take part in National Prayer

05 Mar 2014 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 05 MAR (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Education has instructed all secondary schools countrywide to ensure that their learners take part in the National Prayer Day on Thursday in their respective towns.
The Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Education, Johanna Absalom told Nampa on Wednesday that transport arrangements have been made for learners of all secondary schools in the capital to attend the National Prayer Day main event at the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Katutura.
“The teachers at the various secondary schools must accompany their learners to participate in the prayer day event,” she said.
Learners and teachers of primary school in the country may observe the day at their school, but would not be compelled to attend the main events.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared 06 March a national day of prayer last month, when he addressed Cabinet on Gender-based violence (GBV).
Namibia has seen an alarming increase in GBV incidences in which several women lost their lives at the hands of their partners and lovers.
The Namibian Government decided to declare a National Day of Prayer to ask for divine intervention on GBV in Namibia.
All religious denominations throughout the country have been invited to take part in the prayer day.
The day of prayer will be observed in all 14 regions across the country, with all regional offices expected to host an event similar to the one in Windhoek.
The ceremony in the capital will start at 10h00, and President Pohamba is expected to address that gathering.
The ministry has also requested that all church and mosque bells be rung at 13h00 as the nation observes a minute of silence.
Employers have been requested to release their employees to attend the prayer meeting.