Ngurare launches ‘patriotism training programme’

12 Jun 2019 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) – There is a need to educate the youth on issues of national importance such as election processes and youth mobilisation, according to former Swapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary Elijah Ngurare.
For this reason, he launched the ‘Namibian patriotism training programme’ here on Wednesday, saying the youth need to know about these issues to better know about the country’s structures, laws and the kind of society they want to see.
The programme runs under the theme ‘The role of a young patriot’ - which explores discourses on what should be done about patriotism versus passive citizenship.
The participants are drawn from the University of Namibia, Namibia University of Science and Technology and International University of Management and runs from 12 to 14 June in Windhoek.
Ngurare said the programme aims to educate participants on how to be patriotic to the nation as well as empower them when making decisions that have to do with their future, noting it will later be rolled out to other towns.
“Patriots are those who do not have their own interests, but that of the nation,” he said.
Ngurare said when the youth participate and understand what patriotism is, the nation will have a fruitful society that know their rights.
“The [passivity] must fall, we must have institutions led by active and patriotic citizens,” he said.
The programme comes amidst Namibia readying itself for general elections set to take place on 27 November.
Also speaking at the event was local activist Dimbulukeni Nauyoma, who said the training programme wants to create a variety of programmes where the youth can contribute to issues of nation building.
“The current economic condition in the country is teaching us to work together, and we are working on engaging young people from different sectors to drive the economy through these initiatives,” he said.