Swapo Pioneers to prepare for 2018 congress

11 Feb 2018 15:10pm
WALVIS BAY, 11 FEB (NAMPA) - Thirty members of the Central Committee of the Swapo Pioneers Movement from across the country convened at Walvis Bay on Friday for their second meeting since election in 2014.
Speaking to Nampa on Sunday, Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary for Education, Pioneers Movement and Culture, Hofni Iipinge said they discussed preparations for their second congress.
The congress is expected to be held in August this year to elect new leaders as the current leadership’s terms of office end this year.
He said since they were voted into power in Okalongo, they did not meet due to lack of guidance under former SPYL Secretary, Elijah Ngurare.
They are required to meet every 12 months do discuss matters affecting their movement and plan progress.
Iipinge further said the leaders of the movement were given guidance with regard to the rules of the party and movement as well as how they can advocate and analyse political matters.
“I brought them together to discuss what they were supposed to discuss in four years. They will now go back to the regions and start meetings at section and branch level in preparation for the congress.”
Iipinge said most of these members are already 17 years old which means they will have to join the youth league next year and leave the Pioneers Movement’s leadership to younger people.
On education, Iipinge said there is a need to plan prudently to ensure the limited financial resources in the country cater for all learners.
Furthermore, he noted that the Pioneers Movement wants a promising future, and they are calling for the protection of infant industries to enable local entrepreneurs to flourish.
“Let us propose that support be given to young entrepreneurs to manufacture chairs, tables, school uniforms, chalk and other educational resources, this I believe will increase entrepreneurial acumen in many young people.”
He urged the young leaders to continue to monitor and evaluate educational situations on the ground.
This, he said, is because the movement remains unapologetic in advocating for the rightful education space for all Namibian children.
“We believe education is the only tool to overcome poverty and only catalyst that can propel our country to a knowledge-based society,” Iipinge told Nampa.
The Swapo-Party Pioneers' Movement forms part of the SPYL and teaches children between the ages of six and 17 about the party’s policies and ideology.