For Hardap, the ministry held a two-day campaign workshop in Mariental last week as part of the establishment of the Nationhood and National Pride Hardap regional forum. The workshop was attended by over 30 participants from across Hardap.
The establishment of the Nationhood and National Pride regional structures is intended to allow all Namibians to take ownership of the campaign.
Speaking at the official opening of the workshop, Hardap Governor Hon Esme Isaak said the government through information ministry developed the campaign as a vehicle to support and sustain Namibian citizenship and motivate individually and collectively a consciousness of duty, commitment, obligation and responsibility to the nation as well as to each other.
“Through the Nationhood and National Pride campaign all citizens should be encouraged to embrace the principles of One Namibia One Nation and become campaign ambassadors,” she said.
Also speaking at the event, the Mayor of Mariental, Mr Alex Kamburute said to be proud of one’s country, one should first be proud of oneself. “The workshop will make sure that Vision 2030 takes house in our being. Let language not be a bearer, let’s see greater unity and national pride as a trip to the moon. Let’s see it as something within our reach,” he said.
Officially launched on 27 April 2011 by former President Hifikepunye Pohamba, the campaign aims to instill the spirit of nationhood and national pride in all Namibian citizens, to further consolidate peace and stability and to address the issue of alcohol abuse.
The Hardap Governor further urged all participants to ensure that the region has a strong and competent regional forum that will reach out to communities to educate the people on the dangers of tribalism and alcohol abuse.
“The campaign for Nationhood and National Pride is not a campaign of the government. It is a campaign for all Namibians. It is a campaign for you and for me,” she added.