Education is key

12 May 2019 | Columns

Adolf Kaure

Learning is a lifelong exercise. With the top two tertiary institutions in the country – the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the Namibia University of Science Technology (NUST) – recently hosting their graduation ceremonies, it was good to see students feeling euphoric for the hard work they put in for so many years.

It was particularly good to see the man who was the photographer at my wedding, Mohammed Shehu, become the youngest PhD holder at NUST when he was awarded a doctorate in Informatics. This is testimony showing that if you stay focused and work hard even though you are young, you can reach your academic goals.

It was also good to see that there are well-known socialites that are seen as experts in certain fields that also care about their education. I am mainly referring to musicians and people who are in the entertainment field. It was so good to see rapper Lioness graduate with a degree in medicine. We all know her from seeing her in music videos, but there is definitely more to this artist than her catchy metaphors and rhymes.

Another socialite who made me proud is Esperance Luvindao who also received a degree in medicine. She has been an MC at the Namibian Annual Music Awards (NAMAs) on two occasions and has caught the eye with her exploits in Spoken Word poetry.

I have truly been inspired by all those who went on to do their master’s degrees. As an honours degree holder, I definitely see light at the end of the tunnel for me to acquire my master’s sooner rather than later.

The biggest lesson to learn from all these bright students is that education is truly the greatest equalizer. It is the one that balances society and gives people a fair chance to make a living and have a good quality of life.

Knowledge is power and it can get you out of a place of ignorance to a place where you can make a difference in your society.

Having seen all the young people do so well and work hard at tertiary level, I hope and pray that everyone at secondary level will follow suit and take their education seriously. At that age, there are many things that can wait, including boyfriends and girlfriends or spending time at bars and night clubs.

Everything in life follows at the right time, but the most important is education. Once you get your degree and get a job, then you can focus on getting married and having a family, while you focus on devoting your energy to God.

Getting skills is also important, as not everybody is academically inclined. There are also facilities like Cosdef, Nimt and vocational training centres to acquire vocational skills. If that’s not enough, the internet is full of tutorials on YouTube that can teach you to do anything.

Let’s learn and empower ourselves.