Spyl reiterates religious and moral education not the Bible
The SWAPO Party Youth League (SPYL) stands in agreement with Education Minister Dr. David Namwandi’s rejection of the attempt by rigid lobbyists to influence government to insert the bible into our schools.
We do not only support the Minister for the sake of support, we support the minister in context of Resolution 7 of the 5th Congress of the SPYL calling for Religious and Moral Education to be brought back into the school curriculum. As vibrant and conscious youth of the ruling SWAPO Party, we champion Resolution 7 cognizant of Article 1 of the Namibian Constitution that establishes our republic as a “sovereign, SECULAR, democratic and unitary state.”
It goes without saying that Religion is not synonymous to Christianity. We view religion in its correct definition as “an organized collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and world views that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values.” Resolution 7 does not throw Christianity or the bible out of the window. Christianity, its nuts-and-bolts, can form part of Religious and Moral Education together with other religions. What is rejected here is the attempt by the rigid lobbyists to have a Christian hegemony dominating our schools at the expense our other religions which are protected by the Constitution.
To these, the Minister must unleash a stern warning swiftly and impenitently.
Issued by the SPYL Department of Education, Sport and Culture