Namibian children should develop native talent to create employm

23 Jun 2015 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 JUN (NAMPA) – The Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, has called for public information campaigns to sensitise children on the value of their talents, their bodies and their lives.
Hanse-Himarwa made this call when she spoke about the importance of arts and culture in national development at the official opening of the Third Rural Women Parliament with Male Partners, which commenced here on Monday.
She said the exposure of children to social networks and mass media displays pose a threat to what is meant to be good, referring to how young people's bodies are marked with 'artistic drawings' known as tattoos.
“My request is that we join hands together to promote the very best of our arts and culture, which has the potential for employment creation, poverty reduction efforts and foreign exchange earnings,” she explained.
Arts and culture, she added, are inseparable concepts and are a reflection of a person's inner being, therefore if developed properly, it can continuously enrich both emotional and material worlds.
Research, she said, has proven that participation in structured arts and culture improves the cognitive abilities of children and young people.
“Evidence is also available that schools that integrate arts across their curriculum perform better in reading and mathematics compared to those that do not,” she said.
Hanse-Himarwa further explained that arts by 2017 through the National Development Plan 4 (NDP4), will contribute to making Namibia economically competitive through creation and generation of intellectual property and product design patents.
Secondly, by 2017, Namibia will also attain high quality training in arts and entrepreneurship, which will enhance the country’s ability to compete on international platforms in terms of design, innovation, product development, performing and media arts.
In order to achieve the above, she said, her ministry has committed itself to promote the appreciation and preservation of national heritage, cultural activities and arts, so that their contribution to socio-economic development can be systematically recorded and acknowledged.
“I am cognisant of the fact that as a ministry we also need to undertake in-house analysis, especially on how to strengthen arts and culture through our curriculum implementation to support teachers and learners to build their talents and skills,” she noted.