18 Jul 2017 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 18 JUL (NAMPA) - Alumni of the Young African Initiative (YALI) on Tuesday unveiled the refurbished library of the Otjomuise Primary School in the capital in celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day.
The Day is commemorated annually on 18 July, Mandelas birthday, to honour his lifetime service to South Africa, southern Africa and the world.
Mandela Day was officially declared by the United Nations (UN) in November 2009.
Speaking at the librarys unveiling, National Youth Council of Namibia Chairperson and YALI alumnae, Mandela Kapere said it is time for young people to serve communities through volunteerism.
The youth should devote 67 minutes of their time doing something in the community that will bring positive change into someones life, said Kapere.
On Mandela Day, people around the world are asked by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of their time, one minute for every year of Mandelas public service, to making small and big gestures of solidarity with humanity and towards a global movement for good.
YALI alumni also conducted a mass clean-up campaign on the school grounds and encouraged learners to reduce their waste and recycle as part of the newly formed Otjomuise Environmental Youth Club that was initiated by the Mandela Washington Fellows (MWF) alumni.
MWF is the flagship programme within YALI and was launched by former United States of America (USA) President Barack Obama in 2014 after he inaugurated YALI in 2010.
YALI is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders as they spur growth, prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Each year it takes about 1 000 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa to the USA and empowers them through leadership training, academic course-work and networking.
Speaking at the same event, youth advocate and MWF alumnae, Deon Mandume Shekuza said the club aims to serve Otjomuise, especially the 7de and 8ste Laan residential areas.
The purpose is to enhance local efforts and solve issues of illegal dumping as well as raise awareness amongst the local populace starting with the children on environmental sustainability, said Shekuza.