KEETMANSHOOP,16 AUG – Cultural platforms are important as they remind people to remain vigilant about protecting common core values, Assistant Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Namibia’s (UNAM) Southern Campus, Dr Erold Naomab said Thursday.
Naomab made the remarks at the official opening of the campus’s 2018 Cultural Festival in Keetmanshoop.
The festival is being held under the theme ‘Enhancing diversity and cultural awareness’.
He said it is sad that communities are being held hostage by gender-based violence and drug and alcohol abuse.
Naomab reminded those present at the ceremony that these are not cultural norms and values.
“The proliferation of so-called ‘drug hubs’ in our villages and towns must be rooted out,” he said.
Naomab urged students, irrespective of their cultural identity, to stay away from such negative activities and for the student leaders to openly campaign against drug abuse and gender-based violence.
He also called upon young people in the //Kharas Region to make use of the various instruments of positive change offered by UNAM’s Southern Campus, such as the //Kharas Innovation Hub.
“The hub is designed to serve as an important platform for youth empowerment, innovation and entrepreneurship. As you are sitting here you might have a brother, sister or family member at home; let them be involved in this platform,” he said.
The cultural festival started on Wednesday and ends Saturday, and will amongst other feature a football tournament and the crowning of Mr and Miss UNAM SC on Friday.