Africa must maintain the spirit of Ubuntu and unity as a driving force for positive change within communities.
These were the sentiments expressed by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, during a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the African Union in Windhoek.
Nandi-Ndaitwah urges all Namibian children to commemorate the African Union's 60th anniversary by ensuring their voices are heard and their talents are recognised as African children.
She emphasised that previous generations have fulfilled their responsibilities and that it is now time for Africa's children to contribute to the continent with their own dedicated contributions.
"As leaders of tomorrow, I wish to call on you, dear Namibian children, to rededicate yourselves to African unity and to cherish and internalise the shared values and ideas of the Founding Fathers of the Organisation of African Unity. Africa is your continent, and you must prepare yourselves to exploit the resources of Africa to your own benefit and that of succeeding generations. I am encouraging you to study hard to make your dreams come true because there is room for everyone in the 'Africa We Want'."
Some of the challenges highlighted on the continent include armed conflicts, poverty, underdevelopment, and unemployment.
While acknowledging these challenges, she said Namibia should renew its commitment to addressing them.
Rachel Odede, the representative of UNICEF, stated that the African Union's anniversary presented a prime occasion to celebrate Africans' progress, development, and achievements and to honour the continent's diverse cultures, communities, and traditions.
"This year's theme for Africa Day, "our Africa, our future," is extremely relevant not only in Namibia but the rest of the African continent. The theme allows us to celebrate the progress made by many African countries and the dreams and aspirations of the founding members of the AU."
Also speaking on the occasion was |Khomas Regional Governor Laura McLeod-Katjirua.
"This celebration must be a special moment to remind and sensitise us of our obligations to make this vision of "an integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens" a reality."
As part of the day's celebrations, the School for the Visually Impaired received donations, including fencing for the school and renovations for the hostel, as well as chairs, tables, and computers.