22 Sep 2016 12:20pm
OTJIWARONGO, 22 SEP (NAMPA) - Over 600 German-speaking Namibians from Khomas, Kunene and Otjozondjupa regions on Wednesday gathered at Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary School to celebrate the German Connects - German Language Day.
The Federal Republic of Germany Ambassador to Namibia, Christian Matthias Schlaga officially opened the event organised by the embassy and the Goethe-Institute of Namibia, with a motivational speech encouraging young Namibians to learn the German language.
Schlaga said the positive response received from Namibians only encourages his office to hold the event again next year but in a different town.
He urged all German-speaking Namibians to keep the language alive and those who wish to learn the language to do it with passion.
There are about 20 000 people in this country who speaks German and todays event is aimed at marketing the German language to different schools in the country.
Schlaga said that with about 100 000 German-speaking tourists visiting Namibia each year, being fluent in German can be an advantage at most hospitality institutions in the country and make communication with clients in their mother tongue more possible.
An organising committee member and principal for Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary School, Rina Goldbeck encouraged learners who want to learn the German language to do so with pride and to expand their language horizons.
As many other schools across Namibia, Otjiwarongo Senior Secondary School teaches German language from Grade 8 to Grade 12 as a mother tongue or second language.
Learners from that school entertained the audience with German songs and cultural performances, while artists from Germany Mine and Edgar Wasser staged a live performance in celebration of the German language.
The day also involved a round table discussion where various stakeholders in the education, tourism and economic sectors of Namibia discussed the relevance of and way forward for the German language at Namibian schools.
Events such as the German cultural fashion show, German puzzles, and guides on where Namibian students can further their studies in Germany also featured on the programme.