23 May 2016 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 MAY (NAMPA) - The Swapo Party on Monday officially launched the envisaged Swapo Party School (SPS) aimed at training Party cadres in political education and leadership.
The proposal for the SPS was first mooted at the 2002 Swapo Party Congress.
Officially inaugurating the SPS, Acting Swapo Party President Hage Geingob said the training will instil the qualities of responsible leadership in all those who shall be attaining local, regional and national leadership responsibilities.
The leader of the ruling party said the training will ensure effective leadership and efficient and effective service delivery to the people, as the government strives to build a strong and united Namibian House, while safeguarding the institutional memory, culture and tradition of Swapo Party members.
He noted that government is faced with a challenge of bringing prosperity to the people, which requires a knowledgeable and resolute leadership across all sectors and amongst all Swapo Party rank and file.
By now, we should all be aware of the targets we have set ourselves in Vision 2030, the National Development Plans (NDPs) and the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP). It is our intention to through this school, equip all prospective cadres with appropriate leadership skills that will allow them to play and effective role in our fight for economic emancipation.
Speaking at the same event, Swapo Party Secretary for Information and Mobilisation, Helmut Angula said the coursework encompassed in the Party School Curricula, will be a prerequisite for leadership careers in the Party, Government and other designations for Swapo Party members.
He explained that the psychological integration of Party activities is realised through leadership of two types: official (Formal) and the unofficial (informal).
These processes, he noted are identical in functions but different in their socio-psychological mechanisms and the interaction of the objective and the subjective factors.
The content of the curriculum will include the history of the country; the history of the Swapo Party and its political programme; the economy of the country; the country's legal system; and philosophy.
Angula further said the school is set to employ a plethora of specialists from wide-ranging backgrounds, who will lecture these courses. The school, he said, will integrate officials from all sectors of the Party, Government Ministries, Organizations and Agencies, and inculcate a shared consciousness of their duties and status.
Equally important, the Party School will underscore the Swapo Party's ideological and theoretical basis for its policies and practice, he said, adding that courses in its curriculum will examine current event and policy issues from the Party's perspective.
Angula was reported saying in a local daily (Namibia Today) that lectures at the SPS will be conducted and delivered at venues and places convenient to the participants, from region to region, and may last for two or three days.
He said the lectures will be expanded to one, two or three years, depending on the needs that the Swapo Party seeks to address.