19 Sep 2018 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 SEP (NAMPA) The Embassy of the Republic of Congo in Namibia handed over 500 magazines to the Hage Geingob High School library here on Wednesday.
The donation was made as part of that countrys 58th independence anniversary celebrations.
The central African country, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, became independent on 15 August 1960.
Handing over the magazines, the Ambassador of the Republic of Congo to Namibia, Chantal Maryse Itoua-Apoyolo said the donation is aimed at triggering an interest in reading in the learners.
She explained that her embassy chose the school because it is ranked as one of the top public high schools in the Khomas Region and has a high number of female learners, which addresses gender disparity.
It is this value of hard work and gender equality that we want to promote. These values are paramount to the development of Namibia and Africa, but also the bilateral relations between Congo and Namibia, she added.
Itoua-Apoyolo advised the learners, specifically the girls that life is not easy anywhere in the world, stressing it is through hard work that they will secure happiness.
Namibia, she informed the learners, has an effective gender policy that has been acclaimed internationally and thus called on them to avoid teenage pregnancies.
It disturbs me to see a child bringing another child into this world, the ambassador said.
She told the boys that no society can develop if they practice violence and discrimination against women.
Together you are stronger, the hopes for a better future for Namibia, Africa and even the world rests on your shoulders, she continued.
On her part, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Ester Nghipondoka said learners who read books, even for fun, find themselves having an advantage over their peers in certain aspects of learning.
She added that a widespread culture of reading and writing will assist the country to meet the demands of developing a knowledgeable society and advance the contribution of the book sector in the countrys economy.