By Johannes Hangula
THE Minister of Education, Arts and Culture , Katrina Hanse-Himarwa calls for young people in country to start visiting local museums as she believes that young people have a thirst of knowledge and these places can satisfy that craving.
Hanse-Himarwa who was launching the Omutete wo Kaholo: Migrant Labour and the Making of Namibia exhibition at Katutura Community Arts Centre in Windhoek, last week said the country has formal education system being provided at schools, but young people still need inspiration and historical places such as museums have the potential to provide that inspiration and insight.
The Omutete wokaholo: Migrant Labour and the Making of Namibia is a mobile exhibition organised by the Museums Association of Namibia (MAN) in partnership with the Embassy of Finland and the Katutura Community Arts Centre. The exhibition displays the deeds of the extensive contract labour system introduced by the South African apartheid administration in 1924 that channeled thousands of Ovambo men from northern Namibia to mines of the Consolidated Diamond Mines (CDM) in the south.
Hanse-Himarwa added that some of the museums in Namibia are still dusting off displays that have stood in the same room for 30 years or more, but these displays are getting old and there is a danger that local museums are seen as places that are only of interest to foreign tourists or the elderly.
She further revealed that the Museum Association of Namibia receives an annual grant from the line ministry and as it has been tasked to support regional museum development. “New exhibitions that interest local people will bring new audiences to our museums. Mobile exhibitions create museums without walls that can travel to places that do not have permanent museum. Such actions will really make museums matter and create a new generation of Namibian museum lovers”.
The Minister applauded the Embassy of Finland for its support to local arts and culture sector and for its current two-year programme of exhibition development that has led to Omutete wokaholo: Migrant Labour and the Making of Namibia.
“The strength of this exhibition is that it clearly shows the ways in which workers’ protest contributed to our liberation struggle. I must also thank the research team that worked on the exhibition for recovering the names of 16 South African workers who were killed by German troops during an industrial dispute in 1910 at Wilhemstal between Okahandja and Karibib,”concluded Hanse-Himarwa.
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