01 Jan 2014 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JAN (NAMPA) DTA of Namibia president McHenry Venaani says his party supports free education, and it will form a major part of the DTA's 2014 election campaign.
Venaani said this in the party's 2014 New Year's message availed to Nampa on Wednesday.
The DTA, as per its Education Policy, supports free schooling, believing that such an initiative enables broad-based access to education, he said.
Venaani called on all Namibian parents to ensure that their children attend school as a means to complement efforts to enhance access to education.
The DTA believes that 2014 should start on an equal footing for all Namibians, yet this will not be so for many Namibians as the country's most marginalised communities continue to suffer negative consequences due to developmental lags, the DTA president stated.
He indicated that more effort must be directed towards addressing the developmental backlog that Namibia's marginalised communities face, saying such people should receive special State assistance which would help them break the cycle of poverty.
Venaani further said the party's Employment Creation Policy calls for the establishment of secondary value addition industries in the agro-processing and mineral processing industries.
Government through the Ministry of Trade and Industry has launched the 'Growth at Home' economic strategy. It aims to give local products a foothold in the local retail chain which South African stores dominate, mainly importing their fresh produce from outside Namibia.
Venaani said the DTA's Growth at Home strategy will be one of the key aspects of its 2014 national and presidential election campaign as the party pledges to address employment-creation, poverty reduction and economic growth.
The DTA president called on all Namibians to aim to fulfil their personal and professional potential to work hard and be productive in 2014.
Venaani said 2014 will be an important year in Namibian history, adding that Namibians must therefore make the best of the opportunity to chart the future of our country.
There can be no excuses for slow and/or failed implementation of developmental initiatives, nor for poor outcomes in public healthcare and education, and 2014 must be the year that we work harder towards advancing the socio-economic conditions of all Namibians, he added.
The National Assembly and Presidential Elections are scheduled to take place in November this year.