Walvis Bay youth empowered in civic education

BETTER CITIZENS … Walvis Bay youth Fenny Shongola, Kristine Shetunyenga, Helena Mwashitile and Pius Nehale say they were empowered with civic education and now aim to be better Namibian citizens. Photo: Contributed

Social Enabled Education (SEE) Namibia, in collaboration with the United States embassy, hosted a two-day civic education workshop for Walvis Bay youth.

The workshop, held under the youth election project, was held on Thursday and Friday. It aimed to foster a deeper understanding of the democratic process, encourage critical thinking and inspire active participation in civic duties.

The youth were introduced to the fundamental concept of democracy, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, the role of local government, the structure of government and the importance of young people voting.

The youth actively participated with questions and contributions.

SEE Namibia marketing manager and former junior mayor Kristine Shetunyenga said the workshop served as an excellent platform to enhance young individuals’ knowledge of civic education in the run-up to the country’s presidential and local authority elections.

“Your attendance is a testament to the genuine desire of the youth in our country to engage and participate in the decision-making processes that shape our nation and this workshop represents a significant and positive step in that direction.”

Shetunyenga said SEE Namibia belongs to the youth.

“You are integral members of our team and your participation and support are invaluable to the work we do. Your voices, ideas and enthusiasm are the driving forces behind our initiatives and successes. We urge you to take pride in being part of SEE Namibia, to actively engage in our activities and to help shape the future of our community through your involvement. Together, we can create a more vibrant, inclusive and forward-thinking society.”

Walvis Bay junior mayor Fisabo Mapalo noted that it was a privilege to witness the dedication and enthusiasm displayed by the youth.

“Your passion for civic education has undoubtedly left a lasting impact on all those who have participated. Let us carry forward the knowledge and spirit of civic responsibility that we have cultivated here. Let us continue to engage actively in our community, advocating for positive change and upholding the values of democracy, equality and justice. I urge each one of you to remain committed to the principles of good governance, accountability and active citizenship. Together, we can build a more inclusive, informed and prosperous society for all.”

Former Walvis Bay junior chief executive officer Anna Ndara said she learned more about civic matters.

“I also got to understand the fundamental concepts of democracy, the role of the government and how we as the Namibian youth can get involved and the importance of voting. It was indeed a fruitful engagement and I gained knowledge that can I share with friends and family so that they are also well informed.”

Ndara said she wished the initiative could be staged in towns countrywide.

“So that all the young people of Namibia are well informed about civic matters. I highly encourage all citizens who are eligible to please go register to vote and get their voters’ cards so that in November they can exercise their democratic rights at the polls. We all have a part to play.”

The event was attended by school pupils and tertiary students and was supported by Erongo regional governor Neville Andre, Walvis Bay mayor Trevino Forbes, Walvis Bay urban councillors and pan-African female youth leader Ester Simon.

SEE Namibia aims to provide transformative and empowering leadership opportunities to young people through civic engagement.

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