Namibia to mark Safer Internet Day

04 Feb 2018 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 04 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia will on Tuesday join the world in celebrating Safer Internet Day.
The event, which will be hosted by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (MGECW) with support from United Nations Children Fund (Unicef), will bring together children from various backgrounds to mark the day.
A media statement issued by Unicef on Sunday stated that the celebration of the event will also include representatives from the Ministries of Education, Arts and Culture and of Information and Communication Technology.
Other institutions and agencies that will mark the day include the Office of the First Lady and LifeLine/ChildLine.
Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally on 06 February since 2004 and aims to raise awareness of emerging online issues while also advocating for a safer internet usage for children in Namibia.
Children are today amongst the largest user groups of online and mobile technologies, it is therefore necessary to develop a proper strategy to encapsulate their needs, the statement said.
The 2018 theme, 'Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you', is a call to action for every stakeholder to play their part in creating a better Internet for everyone, and in particular, the youngest online users.
“It is an invitation for everyone to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to ensure a better digital experience,” the statement noted.
Namibia’s Safer Internet Day celebration will bring together 150 learners from four schools for a child engagement programme, which will enable them to have their voices heard as they share their views and experiences on child online safety and digital life.
First Lady, Monica Geingos, MGECW Minister Doreen Sioka, Unicef Country Representative, Rachel Odede are among those expected to address the event.