18 Jul 2017 12:50pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 18 JUL (NAMPA) - Learners of high schools in Keetmanshoop on Monday celebrated World Youth Skills Day at the public library here by sharing motivational experiences with one another.
The day, which annually falls on 15 July, is one of the new United Nations (UN) international days of observance established by the UN General Assembly in November 2014.
It is held to give recognition to the acute problem of high level youth unemployment and underemployment, especially in developing countries.
The event in Keetmanshoop was organised by Junior National Councillor and PK de Villiers learner Pauline Pamuli.
Ten learners each from the Keetmanshoop Junior Secondary School and senior secondary schools - PK de Villiers, JA Nel and Suiderlig - attended the celebrations.
The young people presented motivational speeches, dance items and songs to showcase their various talents, while also debating a motion on alcohol and drug abuse in their communities.
Pamuli advised her fellow youth not to seek attention, but to give love and meet the needs of others.
She said the learners by now should be tired of hearing about the poor annual academic performance of the region and as such, should strive to do better.
JA Nel learner Aune Mwesheendifa urged learners to adjust their negative mindsets and not to use challenges such as poor parental support or lack of electricity as an excuse for failing.
Suiderlig learner Beloved Skakana advised that youth should work for a cause, not applause while Brendan Swartz of PK de Villiers advanced the importance of self-discipline and determination.
On alcohol and drug abuse, the learners expressed concern over its pervasiveness and urged each other not to bow to peer pressure or to follow bad examples set in their homes and communities.