12 Mar 2015 09:20am
WINDHOEK, 12 MAR (NAMPA)- A Grade 11 learner from Delta Secondary School Gabriel Haugh on Wednesday was appointed as a new Windhoek Junior Mayor for the 2015/16 financial year.
Haugh, who replaces Wilmari Horn from Windhoek High School, will be deputized by a Grade 11 learner from Jan Mohr Secondary School, Tunohole Mungoba, who replaces Pewa Kanyemba from St George's College.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony here on Wednesday, Windhoek Mayor Muesee Kazapua congratulated the new Windhoek Junior Councillors for being appointed to represent the views of the young people in the City.
The City of Windhoek Junior Council is not just a meeting point where young people can assemble and deliberate on issues affecting them, but it is an instrument where young people are exercising their civil duty, patriotism and volunteerism, Kazapua said.
He said the City has taken a paradigm shift to work with young persons, by valuing them as colleagues and stakeholders in developments of the city.
The Mayor said the young persons should be in the driving seat of development and not to be passenger or ordinary participants.
He called on young persons to be active, informed and voluntary involve in the decision-making both locally and globally, and continue building stable democracies, a sustainable economy and a society based on equity.
Kazapua said the City takes strong focus on youth participation in the development of municipality as a benefit of strengthening their abilities to meet their subsistence needs; prevent and reduce vulnerabilities to economic, political and social unstable environment; and promote ownership and sustainability of interventions.
We can only reach our ultimate destiny by taking each other by the hands. I want to see new projects and ideas that complement the already existing ones. I also want to see you continue providing mentoring support to emerging and new junior councils such as the ones from Grootfontein, Khorixas and Oranjemund, he said.
In his acceptance speech, Haugh promised to represent the young people of the city and address several issues affecting school-going children.
These issues include teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, poverty and child abuse.
The 2015/16 Junior Council comprises of 69 junior councillors selected from nine schools in the city.