Namibia: Swapo School Brainstorms Over Weekend

The Swapo Party School on Saturday conducted a brainstorming session in Windhoek on how the school will operate.

The school's rector Marco Hausiku asked national leaders assigned to various regions to look at the level and number of people who can join the school. In addition, Hausiku elaborated that while it will be the dream of every Swapo member to join the Swapo Party School, the regional leadership would have to consider proposals on how to implement an outreach programme to cater for those outside Khomas Region for the purposes of generating the next generation of leaders.

"Swapo Party coordinators should be given the opportunity to gain the required knowledge of the implementation of Swapo Party School programmes in order to plough back to the ones at grass-root level," said Hausiku when explaining the roles and functions of the different groups who will be actively involved in the programme.

During deliberations it emerged that, among others, the main purpose of operating the party school will be to shape its prospective trainees to understand the background of the liberation struggle, its history, the constitutions of Namibia and Swapo Party, gain knowledge of government systems, finance, international protocol agreements signed, how to organize a political party to win elections and gain votes, strategies and tactics needed for a political party to remain relevant, strategies towards gaining financial independence, principles and core values of Swapo, the importance of unity and how to avoid tribalism and corruption.

The brainstorming session was attended by members of the Swapo politburo, central committee, veterans of the liberation struggle, women's council, youth council, elders' council, functionaries and comrades of the party, and the media.

Hausiku urged those who attended the party's schools prior to independence to share their experiences and knowledge with others in order to guide the new school in the right direction.

"We want you to share the impact this training has on your own life and your abilities to realize your participation in community development," said Hausiku.

Source: New Era