PM calls on youth to take education seriously

21 Oct 2015 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 21 OCT (NAMPA) – Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has called on the youth to take their education seriously and obtain useful qualifications.
The PM made the call last Friday at a gala dinner held in honour of Dr Helena Ndume, who, in July this year, received the United Nations (UN) Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize as tribute to her outstanding achievements and/or contributions.
In a statement availed to Nampa on Monday, the Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the youth should take their education seriously since it will enable them to obtain useful qualifications with skills that will contribute to a knowledge-based Namibian economy.
She also urged all Namibians to plough back into society.
“We are morally obliged to give back to society which has invested so much in us.”
The PM further gave credit to all those who have given material; moral; technical and financial support to Ndume during her medical career and urged all Namibians to render their support to those in need.
In addition, she called on the Namibian youth to take up careers in their country instead of going for greener pastures outside Namibia while the country is in dire need of their services.
She also encouraged Namibians to embrace the principle of volunteerism and not always expect financial compensation.
Ndume is a Namibian ophthalmologist famous for her charitable work among people who suffer from eye-related illness. To date, about 30 000 blind Namibians have received eye surgery from Ndume, who is also the head of the Ophthalmology Department at the Windhoek Central Hospital.
She is one of only six Namibian ophthalmologists.
Ndume earned her medicine qualification in Germany and returned to Namibia in 1989 to complete her internship. She went to Germany again for specialisation in ophthalmology.