20 Sep 2013 10:50
WINDHOEK, 20 SEP (NAMPA) Foreign language skills are essential in engaging foreign governments and peoples to promote understanding, convey respect for other cultures and encourage reform, the Minister of Safety and Security said on Friday.
Immanuel Ngatjizeko said this during the closing ceremony of a five-month training course in the Portuguese language for Namibian Police Force (NamPol) officers here.
Twenty-nine police officers from different regions in the country successfully completed the course which commenced in April this year.
The training was facilitated by the Embassy of Portugal in Namibia, and was earmarked at police officers to acquire skills and knowledge in the Portuguese language, in order to use the language effectively for purposes of practical communication within their country of residence, where appropriate, and in all countries where the language is spoken.
The course participants should remember that learning and knowing a language is an education, and education is what opens and enhances opportunities.
You have learned the Portuguese language so that you can communicate with Portuguese-speaking communities and be able to address them properly and give adequate advice, said Ngatjizeko.
He further said Namibia, being a young independent state founded on the principles of democracy and the rule of law, needs assistance of this nature to consolidate and enhance the gains of independence and democracy.
I would like to extend an invitation to all friendly governments and corporate entities in this country and beyond our borders to follow this worthwhile example, said the minister.
He indicated that NamPol has a constitutional obligation which is to maintain law and order, and to ensure safety and security in Namibia is maintained at all times.
In order to fulfill this national obligation, NamPol should have the capacity to improve institutional processes so that the organisation can effectively meet its constitutional mandate, said Ngatjizeko.
He noted that the Portuguese language course was one of the important areas identified in the Force, hence they have signed a bilateral agreement with the Angolan Government and Portuguese Government on capacity building in the language.
The minister urged the graduates to continuously read books in that language and interact with Portuguese-speaking people.
You should consistently utilise the skills and knowledge that you have gained, and you have the mandate to disseminate and pass on the knowledge and skills you have gained to your fellow colleagues, said Ngatjizeko.