Ahtisaari hails Namibia's free primary education

27 Mar 2015 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 27 MAR (NAMPA) - Former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob on Friday morning.
Ahtisaari was the United Nations (UN) Commissioner for Namibia from 1977 to 1981 to secure Namibia’s independence from South Africa
In April 1989, he was appointed UN Special Representative to head the United Nations Transition Assistance Group (UNTAG).
The diplomat was full of praises for Namibia during a very brief meeting with Geingob at Statehouse, sharing his experiences of his week-long visit to Namibia.
Ahtisaari, who addressed the media in a short interview after his call on the president, said Namibia is a leader when it comes to women’s representation in parliament.
“I must say I am very impressed how Namibia has progressed and the fact that Namibia now has free education for primary level, and hopefully that can be extended to secondary level as well,” he said.
Ahtisaari added that if it was not for his education, he would never have been able to become what he is now, noting that education and healthcare is very important for any country.
He said Namibia's development impressed him, and this country is not only an example to Africa but to the rest of the world.
Ahtisaari, who departs on Saturday for his native Finland, was in Namibia to attend the country’s Silver Jubilee celebrations and the swearing-in of Geingob as Namibia’s third president.
He also paid a visit to the Marti Ahtisaari Primary School in the Wanaheda area of the capital and several businesses in the Erongo Region.