Poverty and xenophobia among topics for Youth Festival

WINDHOEK: The Namibian arm of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) is ready and well prepared for the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students commencing on Monday, this according to the Chairperson of the planning committee, Edward Kafita.

Addressing international poverty and the alleviation thereof is just one of several topics that will be discussed when the 70th celebration of the WFDY kicks of here. Around 500 delegates are expected to start to arrive as from Sunday in Windhoek.

Kafita told Nampa in an exclusive interview that poverty must be addressed globally.

‘This event is in solidarity to fight for the masses on the ground and for the poorest of all people in all corners of the globe.’ Kafita told this reporter on Friday.

Apart from poverty, Kafita said xenophobia, which recently dominated the international media, after several people were killed in neighboring South Africa, will also be discussed.

‘We need to kick it (xenophobia) from the planet not only in South Africa or in Africa, but we must say no to xenophobia in our lifetime on this earth.’ Kafita narrated.

Kafita said the idea of hosting the event on local soil already started back in 2013 when he was elected as chair of the preparatory committee.

Kafita also told this reporter that the logistics are all in place for the transportation and accommodation for the visitors, and thanked the Government of Namibia for the assistance rendered in contributing towards the event.

This is the second time the festival takes place in Africa, after South Africa hosted the event in 2010.

Around 260 youth activists represented Namibia at the WFDY in Ecuador in 2013.

The federation was established in London in 1945 as a broad international youth

movement, and this year celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Kafita said end April during the launch of the event that Namibia dedicates the movement’s 70th birthday to the legacy of fallen African heroes and heroines who have made it possible for the youth of today to enjoy world peace and solidarity.

The celebrations will mostly take place in Windhoek, while some activities are scheduled for Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Namibia is hosting the festival on behalf of the entire African continent.

The 2015 WFDY will take place under the theme ‘Youth Unite against Imperialism for a World of Peace, Solidarity and Social Transformation’.

The official opening is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at the Onghuwo Yepongo community hall in the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency here in Windhoek.

‘We decided to take the opening event to the masses as we going to defeat the odds of having opening ceremonies in fancy hotels and stadiums.’ Kafita concluded.

Countries like South Africa, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Brazil, Cyprus, Venezuela and Lebanon were some of the countries already indicated their participation.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The Namibian arm of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) says it is ready for the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students, which starts on Monday.

Addressing international poverty and the alleviation thereof is just one of several topics that will be discussed during the festival, which will also mark the 70th anniversary celebration of the WFDY.

Around 500 delegates are expected to start arriving in Windhoek from Sunday.

The Chairperson of the local planning committee, Edward Kafita told Nampa in an interview on Friday poverty must be addressed globally.

“This event is in solidarity with the masses on the ground and for the poorest of all people in all corners of the globe,” he said.

Another topic to be addressed is xenophobia, which has recently dominated international media after several people were killed in neighbouring South Africa in xenophobic attacks.

“We must say no to xenophobia in our lifetime on this earth,” Kafita said.

He explained that the idea of hosting the event on local soil started back in 2013, when he was elected as chair of the preparatory committee.

He noted that the logistics are in place for the transportation and accommodation of the visitors, and thanked the Namibian Government for its assistance in the organisation of the event.

This is the second time the festival takes place in Africa, after South Africa hosted the event in 2010.

Around 260 youth activists represented Namibia at the WFDY in Ecuador in 2013.

The federation was established in London in 1945 as a broad international youth movement, and this year celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Kafita said at the end of April during the launch of the event that Namibia dedicates the movement’s 70th birthday to the legacy of fallen African heroes and heroines who have made it possible for the youth of today to enjoy world peace and solidarity.

The celebrations will mostly take place in Windhoek, while some activities are scheduled for Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.

Namibia is hosting the festival on behalf of the entire African continent.

The 2015 WFDY will take place under the theme ‘Youth Unite against Imperialism for a World of Peace, Solidarity and Social Transformation’.

The official opening is scheduled to take place on Tuesday at the Onghuwo Yepongo Community Hall in Windhoek’s Tobias Hainyeko Constituency.

“We decided to take the opening event to the masses,” Kafita said.

Countries like South Africa, Zambia, Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Brazil, Cyprus, Venezuela and Lebanon have already indicated their participation.

SOURCE: NAMPA