Parents send their children to school in the care of the teachers and administrators hoping they will be equipped with the necessary training for skills development, to learn new things, to prepare for life as adults, to learn self-respect and to practice good behavior in society.
In tough times, we tend to feel uninspired and unmotivated; our desire to achieve goes down. Today in Namibia, many people aren’t inspired – things are just too difficult. Hearing a budget speech that basically says things are not going to get better any time soon; being unable to find a job or pay university fees drains away positive feelings. As things get worse, people feel darker about life’s potential.
The education ministry will spend N$10 billion of their N$13.7 billion budget on salaries alone. The government's wage bill more than doubled over the past five years, from N$13 billion in the 2014/2015 financial year to about N$30 billion by 2018. The high percentage of civil service salaries and benefits are drowning this country.
Yesterday, the Republic of Namibia turned 29 years old. In exactly a week’s time, the United Kingdom may leave the European Union, its political home since 1973 (although an extension to the negotiating timeframe now looks more likely). As I write this, the world is still reeling from a white supremacist terrorist attack in New Zealand that left 49 people dead.