Ndjoze-Ojo calls for more unity

Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, made a passionate plea for the integration of Namibia’s different cultures when she addressed the opening of the Poly’s 20th Cultural Festival on Monday.

Commenting on the cultural performances by a variety of ethnic groups, the Deputy Minister said that she would like to see more crosscultural performances with members of one ethnic group joining members of another to perform various dances and to display the kaleidoscopy that is the Namibian Cultural Heritage. “Share your dress with others of different ethinic groups. We need not always wear our own, but must at times wear one another’s cultural dresses to display unity in diversity and diversity in unity,” she said.

The Deputy Minister said the festival was special because the event reflects how the Poly is embedded in Namibian society. “Cultural Festivals have become one of the most effective vehicles for ensuring that our culture will strengthen our society because they are wonderful celebrations that provide such a sweet atmosphere of happiness and enjoyment of our cultural diversity,” she said. The Deputy Minister commended the Poly for having consistently staged this important cultural event for the past 20 years. “I have no doubt that a lot of time and resources go into organising an event of this magnitude, which also reflects the significance that the institution attaches to it. The participation of the students at this event is quite impressive and gives us great hope for the future. While students come to universities to acquire knowledge and skills, university life also provides them with opportunities to acquire skills which empower them to function in society and extend their personal experience beyond the narrow confines in their communities.”

Dr Ndjoze-Ojo said that celebrating our cultural heritage has been one of the main building blocks in establishing a national Namibian identity and has ensured us peace. “It therefore makes sense that strengthening our identity by celebrating our cultural diversity remains our best assurance of a reconciled society,” she said

Date: 
Friday, August 14, 2015
for Month: 
August, 2015

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