THE efforts by Government, through the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture must be highly commended.
The two Ministries, in collaboration with the Namibia Football Association (NFA), International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) and the German Football Association (DBF) have raised a cool N$50 million to help build sports fields at various selected schools in the country. Concordia College in Windhoek was identified as the pilot project where the ground-breaking ceremony was also held late last week.
Over 15 schools from the Ohangwena region have benefited tremendously and the project will be rolled to other regions should the pilot at Concordia College be successful.
Apart from the envisaged soccer field at the Concordia College, the educational institution will also have its volleyball and netball courts rehabilitated. Thousands of young Namibian boys and girls will benefit directly from this project while the nation at large will benefit indirectly through improved sports and academic performances.
This commitment by all involved parties is highly commendable but the reality is that the two ministries alone will not be able to accomplish this task without the total support of the parents and the various communities where these facilities will be put up.
I could not help but agree with the Deputy Minister of Education, Anna Nghipondoka, who said that parents must take ownership of the future of their children by rendering their unwavering support in the sporting activities of their children.
With this humble initiative, I don’t see why Namibia cannot produce superstars in the mould of Frank Fredericks, Agnes Samaria or Harry Simon.
I salute the commitment by the two Ministries but I am hoping that they bring on board the Ministry of Gender to spearhead the Girl Child agenda.
The drive by the Namibia Football Association and its sister partners must be applauded in that football has witnessed greater participation from the girl child programme.
If more and more partners could join the fray, Namibia is definitely destined for greater heights as our sport is surely going to reach another milestone.
Schools sport is imperative and the fact that the shortage of sports fields could slowly be something of the past, I hope that more and more schools will earmark space for the construction of sport facilities in all the 14 political regions.
Once again, this initiative is surely heading in the right direction and I pray that we will not see a situation whereby this programme is halted because facilities are either under-utilised or vandalised. That is a Namibian sickness which we need to guard against. Foreign entities have come to bail us out and we need to show cause why they must continue helping us. Let us protect what we have.
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