Young Namibians to attend history festival in Germany

03 Oct 2018 07:20am
WINDHOEK, 03 OCT (NAMPA) – A delegation of 11 young Namibians will travel to Berlin, Germany to join over 400 other young professionals at the History Festival, ‘War or Peace’, scheduled for 17-21 October 2018.
The event is aimed at learning from the past to understand the present, getting to know different interpretations of history, constructing interpretations of history and questioning historic policies focusing on today.
It is organised by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Namibian group is attending the event under the auspices of the Namibia Scientific Society.
While at the five-day event, the delegation will take part in various workshops which will focus on topics like hope and uncertainty, good peace and bad peace, unity and diversity, propaganda and civic education, democracy and dictatorship and everyday life and history.
Speaking at a press briefing where the delegation was introduced here Monday, a participant in the festival and student of history at the University of Namibia, Liina Nambahu explained that the Namibian delegation will present the meaning of world war to Namibia.
She said it will also present the arrival of the German territory, factors that led to the beginning and the end of World War 1 (WW1) in German South West Africa (GSWA) and how it shaped the territory’s future.
“We will talk about how that war ended in Namibia and how the South Africans got here and what they had for us in store after WW1,” Nambahu added.
She noted that the delegation will also highlight SWA under military administration and later as a League of Nations mandate and then a United Nations Organisation (UNO) C Mandate.
Librarian at the Namibia Scientific Society, Isdor Kamati added that they will further talk about SWA when it had apartheid and the Odendaal policies, the arrests of liberation movement leaders and their imprisonment at Robben Island and later their trial as well as the reaction of the international community.
“From 1945 to the early 50s when Namibia was under the UNOC Mandate and as of 1948 they introduced the apartheid policy in South Africa, so that also affected us because we were considered a fifth province,” he said.
He added that they will further look at Independence talks, the Turnhalle conference, United Nations Transition Assistance Group, among others, while looking at what the country is doing to uphold peace and stability in a diverse nation.
Nambahu and Kamati will conduct the presentations on behalf of the Namibian delegation.