Monday, April 14, 2014

MEETING MRS DEBORAH ROBINSON IN THE HISTORY CLASS/MID-SEMESTER RECONNECTION SESSION AT NUBUAMIS HILLS!!!!!!

Last week thursday the center for global education was graced with the presence of a very special individual, Mrs.Deborah Robinson.Mrs. Robinson is from the United States, she initiated the South african Political prisoner bracelet program to build ties between individuals in the United states and prisoners serving life sentences in South africa during the Apartheid era.

Mrs. Robinson is currently visiting South Africa and Namibia to interview the families of some of these Political prisoners about the impact of the bracelets on their lives.Mrs. Robinson visited the center for global education with one of the daughters of a political prisoner from Namibia, Ndilipo Shikomba.Ndilipo Shikomba emailed Mrs. Robinson after she had came across her website about two years ago, but unfortunately they lost contact with one another, that is up until January of this year when they regained that contact with one another.It was during that time that Mrs. Robinson decided to visit Namibia to meet Ndilipo Shikomba for the very first time.Ndilipo was very adamant about meeting  Mrs. Robinson that she was prepared to take a week from her place of employment to accommodate Mrs. Robinson's visit to Namibia.

Mrs.Deborah Robinson, Ndilipo and the CGE Staff and students

Later that day, it was time for the CGE staff and students to go to the Nubuamis hills for the mid-semester reconnection session.This session was aimed at bringing everybody at the CGE house in Windhoek, at the same page after a spring break The reflection session took a good mix of  a warm up activity,dish of snacks, some fun activities, where people had a chance to show off their acting skills. The reconnection session was ended with brief reflection of the achievement and challenges faced by the staff and the students through this semester, then it was time to return  home.









Friday, April 11, 2014

THE HOMESTAYS

Two weeks ago, the cge students returned from their rural homestays in the northern parts of the Namibia and from their spring break.The students were put into different households, with different host families.This whole rural homestay experiences is meant to expose the students to a lifestyle which they may not be with familiar with.

A lot of Namibians still inhabit the rural space of the country, and they still lead a very simple lifestyle of working the land and living off what they produce. The rural homestay, all in all is suppose to paint a picture for the students that will show them the family structure of the rural inhabitants,the type of activities they do on a daily bases,the challenges they face on a daily bases and also show them how they manage to live a content life even with these challenges at hand.

The student lived with their host parents for about a week, during which they learnt how to harvest mopane worms, they also learnt how to build houses from dung,they visited the damara living museum,as well as, the baobab tree.It was kind of difficult for them to adjust from life in Windhoek to life in the  rural parts of Namibia but they managed to make the transition as they started to settle in with their host families and it was an incredible learning experience for all the students.

After spending a week with the host families in Khorixas, it was time for the students to go to Etosha national park to see the beauty of the Namibian wildlife and do a little camping.From the Etosha national park the students, on the own embarked on an excursion, which saw them travelling to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana for about a week.














































Thursday, March 20, 2014

Namibia's 24 years of Independence

March 21, 2014 , marks Namibia's 24th Independence anniversary celebration.The Namibian War of Independence,which lasted from 1966 to 1990, was a guerrilla war which the nationalist South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) and others fought against the apartheid government of South Africa. It was closely intertwined with the South African Border War.The war ended with the New York Accords signed on 22 December 1988, which also ended direct involvement of foreign troops in the Angolan Civil War. Independence came to Namibia on 21 March 1990 following elections which saw SWAPO winning 55 of 72 seats in the National Assembly of Namibia, enabling them to form a national government.

Ovaherero people at the independence celebration


 

With only 24 years of political emancipation the Namibian government has accomplished a lot, even though they still have a long way to go, as far as, the gap between the rich and the poor in the country is concerned.The CGE staff in Windhoek, Namibia, would like to wise the Namibian public a  very happy 24th independence anniversary celebration and may Namibia continue to be a very peaceful nation with habitants who are  respectful and mindful of one another.





The Namibian national museum


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Campaign against the senseless killing of women.


Namibia has seen an alarming increase in gender based violence, especially that committed against women over the recent years.Most of these injustices against women have been attributed to the loss of cultural practises amongst the youth which have amounted to the decay of morals according to traditional leaders and some political leaders.

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, the International women's day, the ministry of gender equality and child welfare in Namibia, in attempt to raise awareness of this gender based violence called "passion killing" in  Namibia,organised a march  from its offices  to the zoo park, which saw hundreds of men in high heels in protest against  the violent attacks and killing of women.

CGE student Kelsey standing with man in heels  

Center for global education's very own students also took part in the activities.It was a meaning experience them to see the community come together and fight for this cause. The march was a very imperative move in getting  both women and men to fight as community that respect all human life and to uproot this terrible evil we call "passion killing".Getting men involved in an activities like this is the first step in trying to combat  the senseless killing of  women.

Men marched in high heels to show their support.




crowed marching to the zoo park.
CGE students





Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Heroes Acre

Over a week or so the CGE students  visited the Heroes Acre, which is a national monument, built for the sole purpose of commemorating the fallen heroes and heroins, who gave their lives in order for the Namibian nation to be free from colonial and apartheid oppression.

The Heroes Acre is place where the pioneers and key drivers of the Namibian independence are put to rest after they have passed on to the next life.It is built in a way that tells the story of the plight and struggles experienced by the people of Namibia before they procured their independence from the colonial and apartheid administration. It also shows and project the way forward for the Namibian people by having a eternal burning fire, which is symbolic to eternal solidarity amongst fellow Namibians, regardless of race, ethnic group,gender and sex.To ensure the protection of the Heroes Acre, the Namibian government has entrusted the Namibian defence force to safe guard the premises on a 24/ 7 bases from vandalism and all intentions involving the destruction of this national monument.                                                  

The heroes acre also has a restaurant where people can enjoy meals when important events, such as the heroes day is being commemorated on the 4th of May. The students were taken by the beauty of the graves and the mountains surrounding the heroes acre which gives it a very natural and calming environment.  
                                                                                                                                                                 
the unknown soldier
 The students were taken through a simultaneous process of learning about the history of this freedom fighters, as well as, going through individual graves and admiring the beautiful handy work of the craftsman represented by the gravestones.The walk to the top of the hill was a little challenging, but we eventually got there.

Although the visit to the heroes acre may have revealed controversial information about this monument ,one can not help it but note , how much the students learned from this experience.








wall telling the history of the Namibian independence

Monday, March 10, 2014

Summer Session Enrollment at CGE: Namibia Ends April 1

The Center for Global Education in Windhoek, Namibia offers a summer session called Social Change and Development in Southern Africa. The program focuses on development and social change in Southern Africa and provides students with a holistic approach that includes travel, guest speakers, internships, and more traditional lecture-style classes.

Past students have been impacted in a number of ways. Summer 2012 participant Lexie Mastro shared this about how her experience was transformative:
“I absolutely loved the Namibia summer program. Not only was I able to learn about social development and change in many different facets, but I was able to have a meaningful learning experience in and out of the classroom… It helped me as a student to put my own priorities in order. When I came back from my meaningful experience abroad it made me reassess what it really is that I want out of my experience as a student [at my home college]. After learning a great deal about social development and change, I wanted to be a champion for social justice and advocate through my daily activities. I was able to help form a CRS Ambassador group here at Gannon University, and now do advocacy for Fair Trade, Human Trafficking, Water and Food Security, and help with the CRS Rice Bowls fundraiser for global poverty.”

Program Director Romanus Shivoro hosting a braii for Summer 2012 students.

Another Summer 2012 participant, Angela Bonfiglio, told us this about the program itself:
“I loved the program because I was in such a supportive setting, from the staff, to the internship site, to the homestay… CGE really gives you great opportunity to build personal connections with people in the community so you really get a broader perspective… At the Namibian Women’s Health Network, I was able to work on a number of different projects that I was able to follow the progress when I returned and see the greater impact of what my organization was doing.”

To learn more about the structure and content of the session, visit our website at http://www.augsburg.edu/global/namibia. The deadline for applying for the summer program is April 1.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Meeting a legend of the Namibian people.

Last week the student got to meet a very inspiring and charismatic individual, as far as the Namibian history is concerned, Professor Kerina, here at the Center for global education, in Windhoek , Namibia. Professor Kerina was one of the founding members of the Swapo party,  which is the ruling party in Namibia.He also lobbied for the independence of Namibia at the United Nations.Professor Kerina is also the one who changed the colonial name South west Africa to Namibia as it is today known.

Professor Kerina studied and lived in the U.S.A for about 40 years, during which he was exposed to  civil movements spear headed by people like Malcolm x and Martin Luther king Junior respectively. He forged  a friendship with both Martin Luther king and Malcolm x . These friendships influenced Professor Kerina into initiating the formation of the movement called  OPC ( the Ovamboland's people congress)  and later turned into a political party Swapo. Kerina  with the help of certain missionaries was able to communicate back and forth with his family members and people like Toivo ya Toivo, one of the founding member of the swapo, very influential and one of the front runners in the liberation of the Namibian nation.

Kerina spoke to the CGE students about his background, his early years in school, how he gained president Kennedy's protection and how he befriended Malcom x and Martin Luther king.Professor Kerina  also spoke of his visit to Indonesia and how it led him to change the name South west Africa to Namibia.He said that the name South west Africa deprived the Namibians of a clear,unique identity as Angola is also located in  south west Africa, therefore he had to come up with a name that was full representation of the Namibian people.

Professor Kerina  left everyone in the class very inspired and ready to save the world with his warm, friendly and welcoming attitude and presence.


                                          Prof. Kerina, CGE sudents and staff