Equality and equity in resource allocation important: Hanse-Himarwa

02 Jun 2019 15:10pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 02 JUN (NAMPA) - To ensure practical unity in diversity, it is important that there is equality and equity in resource allocation across the length and breadth of Namibia, Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, has said.
Hanse-Himarwa was speaking at the second edition of the Annual Nama Cultural Festival here on Friday.
“No tribe should regard themselves superior than the other. Only then can we co-exist peacefully with mutual respect. There can be no claim of Nama unity in isolation to the rest of Namibia, for what unites us a nation is greater than what divides us,” she said.
The minister said cultures helped people to develop and mould their attitudes and characters to be productive, useful, purposeful and progressive citizens, adding that It is imperative that the young children are taught the importance of upholding cultural norms and values.
She said it is no surprise that the authors of apartheid, in their 'evil scheme of dichotomy', engineered that the entire state apparatus was geared towards re-enforcing the cultural differences of the people and fermenting prejudices about their different cultures.
“We thank God that all this is now in the dustbin of history. It will require a conscientious effort and activities such as this festivals from progressive minded people before all Namibians can realise and recognise that there is so much beauty in our diversity,” she added.
Hanse-Himarwa said ignorance about cultural heritage has led to misconceptions and perpetuation of myths, such as intolerance towards each other and the importance of knowing and understanding who people are in terms of culture cannot be overemphasised.