28 Sep 2017 16:30pm
SWAKOPMUND, 28 SEP (NAMPA) About 100 children of the DRC informal settlement in Swakopmund on Thursday celebrated the Day of the Namibian Child at the DRC School Project and Community Centre.
Activities involved musical entertainment, refreshments, inspirational speeches from Swakopmund Mayor Paulina Nashilundo, junior councillors, Learners Representative Council members from different schools as well as pastors.
The event was made possible by the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologys (MICT) regional office in Swakopmund.
The Day of the Namibian Child, celebrated every 28 September, was launched on 26 June 2000 by Founding President Sam Nujoma.
Speaking to Nampa after the event, MICT Regional Head for Erongo Amos Nguaiko said they decided to treat the children of DRC because they do not get such chances.
He said DRC is an impoverished community and many children here do not get opportunities to be part of national celebrations as such events mostly take place in the central business district which is far from them.
We gave them a chance to enjoy their day just like any other children in Namibia; we inspired them and showed them that they are not isolated, but that they have people who care for them, said Nguaiko.
He said this was the first time his office organised the event, and wished to extend it to other rural communities around the region should the budget allow.
MICT Information Officer Paulina Moses said this was a way to bring information to the community.
She said it is the ministrys mandate to distribute information, adding there is no better way than speaking to these children on their day.
This is inclusivity, we came here to sensitise them about what the day is all about and life in general, she said.
On her part, Nashilundo said it is imperative that children are nurtured to flourish in life.
She said it is the duty of parents and the community to ensure that children grow up in a healthy and encouraging environment with love, care and support.
The mayor warned children about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse, and said parents who abuse such substances should know that it will affect the lives of their children.
Children of alcoholics tend to be the most vulnerable, in fact, the effect of alcoholism in children is sometimes so profound that it lasts a lifetime, said the mayor.