By Clemence Tashaya

The German Ambassador, His Excellency Christian-Matthias Schlaga together with Ms Sunday Haitembu, the regional representative from the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service handed over the newly constructed and rehabilitated sports grounds to the Eenhana Multipurpose Youth Resources Centre. This joyful event was accompanied by many children and youth, coaches, community members and representatives and other partners.

The German Development Cooperation seeks to use sport as a tool for youth development, education and the adoption of a healthy lifestyle.

“Through sport activities, young people especially those in the vocational training centres learn important soft skills. For example, you struggle with an adversary team on the field but you reconcile thereafter.  This an important learning process,” said the German Ambassador

Mr Richwell Lukonga, the Chief Operations Officer of Namibia Training Authority (NTA) who also graced the occasion emphasized the strong influence sport can have on the educational sector.

“Sport for development in the education sector is about promoting personal development and strengthening competences relevant for employability as well as for the leading a healthy life through sport activities.”

After the official handover ceremony, a basketball tournament for young players from Eenhana community inaugurated the basketball field. The tournament was organised by Junior Coaches who have been trained through the project “Free Throw – Basketball Artists against HIV & AIDS” by the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOBS) and the German Development Cooperation.

“I have learned important skills for my life through basketball and this a big achievement for me,” says a 17 year old Junior Coach, Tangi Erickson

The finalised new basketball sport grounds are an important step to use sport more extensively as a way of achieving development policy goals in Namibia. All involved partners are working on concepts for the management of the sports grounds and related sports for development concepts to ensure the sustainability and local anchorage of the programme.  The new sports grounds will be used by Eenhana Vocational Training (EVTC) trainees and youths in Eenhana.  The similar sports grounds were also inaugurated at Valombola Vocational Training Centre in Ongwediva.

The event was attended by Mr Titus Malangu, Centre Manager for Valombola VTC, Mr Addisalem Nega, GIZ Senior Engineer from Ethiopia and the Head of Eenhana Multipurpose Youth Resources Centre, Mr Matheus Kapenda.