ONGWEDIVA, 17 AUG – Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Erastus Uutoni has called on students of the University of Namibia (UNAM) to avoid ethnically, racially or culturally engineered disputes.
In a statement delivered on his behalf during the official opening of UNAM’s 2018 Northern Campuses Cultural Festival at Ongwediva on Thursday, Uutoni encouraged the students to also avoid tribalism, nepotism and corruption.
“All these social ills should have no place at UNAM, neither should they be allowed to rear their ugly heads and gain ground in our wider society,” the minister said.
He went on to say the management, student representative council and other leadership structures of the university should take the lead in educating the UNAM community to embrace cultural tolerance in all spheres of campus life.
Oshana Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa, also in a speech read on his behalf, said UNAM’s Cultural Festival creates a platform for the promotion of Namibia’s diverse cultural values amongst the students and for students to showcase their cultural heritage and cuisine.
“This event brings a lot of people together from different societies and it also helps us to preserve our culture and to know our role in society in order to not forget our way,” one of the students, Albert Jona told journalists during an exhibition tour after the official opening.
UNAM students from the Oshakati, Ogongo, Eduardo dos Santos and Hifikepunye Pohamba campuses are attending the festival, which started Wednesday and ends Saturday.