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NYC launches Youth Card

Olavi Hangula, Sydney Gareb, Perry ArmandoNdapewa Hangula, Calista Gowases, Neville Andre, and Armas Amulaniya at the 20th National Youth Council celebrations gala dinner held on 23 April. The event was attended by stakeholders and prestigious individuals, including the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Hon Pendukeni Livula Lithana, MP. The event also saw the unveiling of the Youth Card.

Olavi Hangula, Sydney Gareb, Perry ArmandoNdapewa Hangula, Calista Gowases, Neville Andre, and Armas Amulaniya at the 20th National Youth Council celebrations gala dinner held on 23 April. The event was attended by stakeholders and prestigious individuals, including the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Hon Pendukeni Livula Lithana, MP. The event also saw the unveiling of the Youth Card.

At the recently held Youth Day, the National Youth Council (NYC) had not only information to share, but also had various fun activities for the youths in store.
Exhibitors such as IQ Namibia (Vocational Training), Wordweaver (a publishing company), Namibian Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA), the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN), the Children’s Parliament, the Khomas Regional Youth Forum and others participated in the event.
The NYC celebrated its 20th National Youth Week, starting with the National Youth Day and launching the National Youth Card at the end of April. The event, which took place at the Windhoek show ground on 26 Saturday, was a major success due to the enormous turnout of youths.

The Youth Card is an initiative by the NYC to enable them to have access to their members. Additionally, there are value-added services on the card, such as “Savings and Discounts”, and in the near future the youth will get a replacement Smart Card that is bank-ready and will have more value-added services such as “Loyalty”, “Youth Medical Aid”, with bursary disbursements and many other features. The card was made to empower each and every youth in this country. Especially with the high unemployment rate, the youths can now save and get some money into their pockets. The long-term project aims at producing more benefits for the youth in the near future. The Youth Card will be rolled out nationally starting June/July this year. It will be available to all Namibian Youths between the ages of 16 to 35, To register, all that is required is proof of identity.
“The event was very successful. We fed 200 underprivileged youths and provided free transport to and from Katutura as well as free entrance to watch some of Namibia’s finest artists perform,” said Tawny Van Breda, Senior Executive of NAT Business Consulting and Support Services, part of the organising committee of the Youth Day. However, this is not the only programme on the council’s agenda, seeing that the NYC has other programmes aimed at empowering various affiliated groups. Visit the NYC website or its offices for more information, or log onto www.youthcouncil-namibia.org.

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