Students’ social well-being important: Geingos

14 Feb 2018 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – The effect of students’ social well-being on their academic performance needs to be considered, First Lady Monica Geingos said here on Wednesday.
Geingos was speaking at the commencement of the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) 2018 academic year here on Wednesday.
“The family is the foundation of every individual and thus there is a need to reflect on violent behaviour in society which hinders our students’ academic success,” she said.
Geingos said violence should be rejected and a spirit of love and caring for each other should be instilled in all young people.
She further introduced the #BreakFree 2#BeFree campaign to the university, an anti-violence initiative that will run until December 2018 under the Office of the First Lady.
“I call upon all of you, the staff and students alike, to take the pledge and act on it by obeying it,” she said.
During the event, UNAM Vice-Chancellor Lazarus Hangula also announced that he will officially retire in July this year after 25 years of service to the university.
“Although life was not easy on the ‘third floor’, this journey of 25 years is for me a cherished period,” he said.
He thanked his colleagues and encouraged them to work hard and continue building the university into an institution of good repute.
Student Representative Council president, Kalola Tuhafeni encouraged the students to work together. He told the first year students to study hard and spoke about the challenges they could face.
“You should prepare well for both academic and social challenges as you enter a new social world wherein you will have to make new friends and make decisions that could affect the rest of your life,” he said.
Kalola further called on the university management and students to work towards improved liaison and intra-university contact between all 12 UNAM campuses.