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SPYL resolutions taken at last congress


ON EDUCATION

1. Congress advocates that the nation's history as well as that of the SWAPO Party be archived on various manners of recordings and the SWAPO Party Research and Archive Centre be strengthened.

2. Congress resolves that Traditional Authorities set up compulsory youth structures to instill and inculcate our cultural values. Namibians from all cultural backgrounds should take part in nation building activities and show mutual respect and understanding for each other. Further to that, cultural activities such as culture exchange activities, culture workshops and conferences, and culture training programs, exhibitions and culture and heritage conservation need to be part of our community's activities.

3. Congress resolves that Government enact a national policy on culture to ensure that culture is preserved and lost materials on culture are documented.

4. Congress resolves that the SPYL work together with the Namibian National Student Organization (NANSO) to devise and implement programs that will enable the two parties to interact with school Learners' Representative Councils and University Students' Representative Councils and other national bodies that strive to achieve common goals that will benefit the SWAPO Party and Namibia.

5. Congress proposes that the education system should be improved in order to strengthen the attention given to learners with innate talent (arts and culture) and assist learners with academic difficulties.

6. Congress urges Government to equip rural schools with modern laboratories that have the potential to support research activities of learners, as well as to support the development of learners' research skills at an early stage.

7. Congress urges that religious and moral education be brought back into the schools' curriculum.

8. Congress resolves that there is need for a practical implementation mechanism of the resources of the League's Education Fund at national and regional levels as stipulated in the League's Constitution. In this regard, it is resolved that a Board for the Fund should be appointed and long term plans will have to be formulated to guide the proper execution of the Fund's mandate.

9. Congress resolves that the local authorities should be urged to provide special transport services to students at tertiary Institutions to ease the current situation.

10. Congress urges Tertiary Institutions to construct conducive and/or expand and improve existing student housing facilities so as to enable students to stay at campuses with enabling study environments and at affordable prices.

11. Congress recommends that the Government include a technology fee into the student loans in order for students to have full access to technology and equip the school computer laboratories.

12. Congress urges the Government to build more schools in rural areas to reduce traveling distances for learners and other stakeholders in those areas.

13. Congress calls upon the Government to speed up the upgrading of existing school infrastructure. As a necessary adjunct, maintenance offices should be set up to facilitate and speed up the maintenance of the existing structures.

14. Congress resolves to demand free education for all Namibians. In the interim, Congress proposes that the National Student Fund (NSF) policy be reviewed so that all students at tertiary institutions are provided with a loan or a grant.

15. Congress urges the Government to come up with mechanisms of accommodating grade 10 repeaters that will not leave the repeaters to informal education.

16. Congress proposes that Education Psychology should be strengthened and be made compulsory for all students pursuing studies in the field of education at tertiary level. This will enable the teachers to become more sensitive and aware of the social and other problems that might impede the student's learning process.

17. Congress encourages the Government to attach social workers to all schools. This will enable schools to be able to assess and deal with learner's social problems at early stages.

18. Congress urges Government to translate certain school subjects into local indigenous languages at identified schools in each region in order to allow learners and students to understand the subject contents in detail.

19. Congress recommends that Namibian history be taught in greater detail and standardized into the school curriculum.

20. Congress directs SPYL department of Education, Culture and Pioneer movement to organize festivals and social activities that will include all membership in order to drive unity amongst the members as provided for in the constitution.

21. Congress urges the Head of State to separate the functions related to arts and culture from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and transfer them back to the Ministry of Education in order to enable all the activities to be incorporated into the school curriculum, while allowing the Ministry of Youth and Sports to focus onyouth and sports development

22. Congress urges Government to ensure that Sport is fully funded so that all youth especially those in poor urban and rural areas have the ability to represent Namibia at international forums while making a living out of it.

23. Congress urges the Government to make the Directorate of Arts functional through necessary budgeting and long overdue transformation.

24. Congress recommends the formulation of an Arts policy and effective policy implementation thereof with the view to increase galleries and museums for the preservation of local creative artworks, crafts and cultural objects.

25. Congress recommends that the SPYL lead the mobilization of the youth in the whole country.

26. Congress directs the SPYL NEC to ensure that the Pioneer Movement is represented in all structures at district and branch levels as stipulated in the constitution.

27. Congress recommends that the Department of SWAPO Pioneer Movement be operationalized through SPM Statute as an autonomous Wing of the League. Its management should be led by members of the Pioneer Movement itself.

28. Congress recommends that the contradictions, discrepancies and or overlaps that exist in the articles of the Department of Education, Culture and the Pioneer Movement in the SPYL (SPYL) Constitution be reviewed and harmonized so that the department is able to respond effectively to the needs and aspiration of the broad membership of the SPYL.

29. Congress calls for the streamlining of Namibia's tertiary qualifications with the National Qualification Authority requirements. Congress further calls for recognition of professional qualifications obtained in former socialist countries.

30. Congress calls all professional councils to ensure gender balance and include previously disadvantaged Namibians when appointing board members.

31. Congress urges the Ministry of Education to ensure that all schools in Namibia offer basic computer literacy classes. 32. Congress resolves that the SPYL develop its own youth leadership development training program so as to enhance leadership skills and talent among the youth.

33. Congress resolves that the position of director of the NYC be filled immediately by a qualified SPYL cadre.

34. Congress reiterated the fact that NYC is an initiative of SPYL so too the NYS, thus these two youth entities must not be abused for political expediency but rather managed transparently and prudently in the interest of Namibian youth exclusively.

35. Congress resolved to direct SPYL national leadership to remain seized with developing a working and political accountability modalities with the two youth entities above notwithstanding their statutory mandates.

ON HEALTH AND SOCIAL SECTOR

36. Congress urges Government to intensify its programs of voluntary counseling and testing and to strengthen the campaign for the distribution of information on HIV/AIDS pandemic. Further to that, the SPYL should establish HIV/AIDS committees or desks in all 13 regions, and 107 districts (Constituencies). Congress further joins the call for male youth to go for circumcision.

37. Congress calls upon Government to adopt the "one centre, one clinic approach". All clinics must be equipped with adequate and proper health facilities, medicines and health personnel in order to improve access to quality health care to all and, to make the treatment for diseases such as malaria and TB locally available.

38. Congress urges Government to provide health services to all Namibians for free. To this end, the Government must increase the intake of medical students to whom free bursaries should be provided.

39. Congress calls on Government to allocate more resources to Ministry of Health in order to upgrade and improve the health infrastructures and services at the national and regional levels and to provide better salaries and better housing to health workers in order to improve healthcare in Namibia.

40. Congress calls upon Government to establish a Public Health Care Fund whose purpose shall be to assist people needing special healthcare. To this end, the private sector should be asked to contribute 1% of their profits towards the fund.

41. Congress calls upon the youth league leadership to mobilise dedicated SPYL youth teams to participate in voluntary programs such as immunisation, feeding the orphans and other vulnerable groups, providing home based care and the creation of vegetable gardens through which nutritional foods may be provided to the above stated groups.

42. Congress urges Government to view access to potable water as a basic right rather than a need. Amongst other things, Government must therefore ensure that water is affordable for all. To this end, Congress calls for the full implementation of the National Sanitisation Strategy for 2010- 2015 in order to ensure that all Namibian citizens have access to potable water and proper sanitation systems.

43. Congress notes the high rates of suicide among young people. Government is thus urged to conduct research to determine the root causes of this phenomenon and to devise an appropriate response strategy to address it.

44. Congress recognizes the important role that Traditional Healers have played in Namibian society. To this end, congress calls upon Government to formally recognize these important health service providers through the establishment of a Traditional Healers' Association. Formal recognition will also aid in the drawing of a distinction between Traditional Healers and Witchdoctors.

45. In line with our previous recommendation regarding the preservation of our culture and other traditional norms, Congress calls upon Government to ensure that the knowledge that our Traditional Healers hold in respect of traditional herbs and medicines is not lost to current and future generations. To that end, Congress resolves that such knowledge be documented and patented as Namibian traditional knowledge.

46. Congress urges the Government to continue introducing and implementing feeding schemes targeting all vulnerable and less privileged children at preprimary and primary schools to avoid school dropouts, as well as increase the allocation of bursaries and study loans to girls and vulnerable children.

47. Congress calls upon Government to fast-track the distribution of computers in all schools in Namibia as a way of exposing every child to information technology.

48. Congress urges the SPYL to embark on a countrywide campaign of providing sex education to teenagers and discourage teenagers from involving themselves in premature sexual activities and their unwanted consequences such as infections by STD's and teenage pregnancies.

49. Congress calls upon Government to fully implement supportive school policies on pregnancy among learners and students to ensure that there is no motivation for young mothers to conceal their pregnancies.

50. Congress urges Government to consider distributing condoms in schools as part of efforts to reduce infectious diseases and teenage pregnancies.

51. Congress calls upon government to support the church institution in order for all faith based organisation to reclaim their leading position as custodians, teachers and drivers of morals. In this way, religion could be used as a vehicle for institutionalizing morals of society within our youth.

52. Congress urges the Ministry of Health and Social Services to introduce basic training for the traditional midwifery practitioners in order to help prevent possible infections and enhance their ability to render first aid services.

53. Congress resolves that the MVA Fund, and the Ministry of Health, establish a state-run Air Ambulance Service in order to carry out emergency medical airlift services.

C. ON ENVIRONMENT

54. Congress calls upon the public and private sector to support youth groups that are involved in environmental conservation as a long term approach to environmental preservation.

55. Congress urges the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to conduct a nationwide campaign to facilitate economic participation of youth and women from the previously disadvantaged communities in this important and growing sector.

56. Congress urges the Ministry of Environment and Tourism that in the interest of controlled environment protection, only certified and trained people and businesses should be involved charcoal production.

57. Climate change remains one of the most important development challenges the world over. Congress therefore urges Government to intensify community based climate change adaptation responses in order to protect and prepare communities from the impact of adverse climatic conditions.

ON INFORMATION

58. Congress urges the print media in Namibia to be engaged extensively, consistently and patriotically in order to understand the constitutional obligations of SPYL and its members. 59. Congress urges SPYL members to use the party newspaper (Namibia Today) to disseminate and propagate the SPYL agenda and that of SWAPO Party. The newspaper should in addition be used in countering negative publicity aimed at the SPYL and its members. All Government Ministries/ Agencies/Offices should also advertise in Namibia Today as they do in other independent newspapers.

60. Further to the above, Congress calls upon SPYL to investigate the possibility of establishing its own newspaper and radio station to be managed by SPYL cadres.

61. Congress encourages SPYL members to use social networks in order to debate, discuss and find resolution on matters of mutual interest, while preserving the integrity of SPYL and the SWAPO Party.

62. Congress calls upon SPYL to capacitate Regional Secretaries for Information, Publicity and Mobilization in order to enhance information flow and timely feedback to the SPYL membership and/or interesting parties. To this end, workshops should be conducted for all members dealing with information in order to provide them with necessary skills.

63. Congress directs SPYL Department of Information, Publicity and Mobilization to maintain an electronic Database of its members.

64. Congress encourages the establishment of SPYL Information Forums at regional levels to facilitate improved engagement on critical issues and matters of mutual interest, which forums may be attended by Government representatives, civil society and/or other parties with shared interests or concerns in the SPYL business.

65. Congress recognises the effectiveness of the SPYL concept of Poli-tainment, which incorporates music and sports, as a way of mobilizing the youth. To this end,Congress encourages all SPYL members; especially the born frees, to actively participate in these innovations so as to combat ignorance in accordance with Article 3 of the SPYL Constitution.

66. Congress urges the fasttracking of the implementation of the SWAPO Party Resolution calling for the establishment of the SWAPO Party School in order to inculcate history, political education and ideology of the SWAPO Party.

67. Congress recommends that the Party newspaper should be commercialized and staffed with qualified personnel, to make it vibrant, profitable and self-sustaining, while at the same time promoting the ideals and actions of the Party.

68. Congress recommends to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to spearhead a process of developing local content on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation.

69. Congress further recommends to the same Ministry, working with its stakeholders, to facilitate the production of local computer software as well as the development of capacity for assembling computers locally.

ON FINANCE AND ECONOMIC SECTOR

70. Congress urges the Public Service Commission to review the employment contracts of all public servants employed at management level. The PSC must come-up with clear conditions of employment in terms of which effective service-delivery is put at the centre of all engagements and or terminations respectively.

71. Congress urges the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management to develop and run an induction program to run for all new civil servants. The Induction programme should be institutionalized within Government ministries to provide relevant information on all aspects of Public Service Acts, Policy documents pertaining to respective Ministries, Agencies, NDP4 and most importantly the overall Vision 2030 agenda.

72. Congress urges Government to continue to strengthen Public Finance Management and investment in financial infrastructure. Program-budget accounting should be expanded from the current pilot stage to real implementation by all budget votes starting in the 2013/14 Financial Year to enable Government to monitor expenditures and outcomes at program level.

73. Congress urges Government to introduce a tax-free housing allowance for first-time job entrants and for houses falling within the threshold of N$ 400 (adjustable with inflation annually).

74. Congress urges Government to introduce a differentiated export levy for all raw materials exported out of Namibia.

75. Congress urges Government to increase excise duties on tobacco and alcohol with the aim to reduce abuse.

76. Congress urges Government to broaden the tax generation base through an introduction of a small, presumptive tax (of 5% or a fixed amounts for various informal business sizes) for small (currently informal) businesses to bring all potential tax payers in the informal economy into the tax net with the view to strengthen equity in the tax system.

77. Congress directs the SPYL NEC to lobby for a robust Namibian financial market in order to attract suitable clients and turn Windhoek into Africa's second largest financial hub after Johannesburg.

78. Congress calls upon the Government to do away with the auctioning of plot/erven in local authorities and ensure that housing plots for the middle-income groups are not accessible to higher income groups.

79. Congress calls upon the Government and its agencies to discourage tenderprenuership.

80. Congress calls upon the Namibian Standards Institute (NSI) to train and educate all fresh food producers to produce quality food that meet national and international standards and food safety requirements. This will enable these producers to access highly demanding mainstream markets and customers.

81. Congress calls for the expansion of Green Scheme projects in order to bring more arable land under irrigation along the Zambezi, Kunene, Orange and Kavango River Belts. This will allow for a significant expansion of the small-scale and commercial production in both crop and animal husbandry.

82. Congress calls upon the Government to upgrade and expand the Research and Development Facilities to enable Entrepreneurs and Inventors of highly sophisticated concepts to do prototyping at a lower cost. The Research and Development Facility should also accommodate research carried out by independent think-tanks, academic institutions and student dissertations.

83. Congress calls upon Government to introduce special tax incentives to encourage Research and Development, valueaddition and innovation.

84. Congress calls upon Government to evaluate the effectiveness of the current Export Processing Zones and Special Incentives for manufacturers and exporters of manufactured goods. Congress resolves that incentives should be introduced to promote the development of the processedagricultural- products industry.

85. Congress urges Government to beef up its guarantee scheme and implement the Public Private Partnership policy to provide a conducive environment for the implementation of the amended domestic asset rules.

86. Congress urges Government to integrate the Youth Credit Guarantee Scheme, the Innovative Fund of Development Bank of Namibia, the SME Credit Guarantee Scheme of the Ministry of Trade and the SME Bank into one fully fledged "Venture Capital and Private Equity Firm'' for capacity enhancement purposes.

87. Congress implores financial institutions to provide substantive financial products education in order to improve financial literacy. To this end, Congress calls for the strengthening of the Financial Literacy Initiative under the Ministry of Finance.

88. Congress recognises that the Namibian Financial Sector Charter is a very noble endeavour. However, its supervision and implementation needs to be clearly defined. To this end, Congress proposes that the Namibian Financial Sector Charter Council should comprise of 50% independent Directors who are not from the Financial Sector and the other 50% from the participating stakeholders who must report on the progress regularly to the National Assembly "Public Accounts Committee''.

89. Congress urges the Government to provide support to beneficiaries of the land resettlement programme as a way of empowering new land owners to sustainably manage their farms.

90. Congress calls upon the Government to divert profits made by the Social Security Commission to community development projects in all 107 Constituencies.

91. Congress notes the various efforts being made by Government in national development. Congress therefore urges SPYL bodies to take active representation and participation in all structures.

92. Congress urges the Government to stop the export of our resources in raw forms as it results in the exportation of jobs. Plans must be developed to add value to our resources before export. More jobs will be created and this will give opportunity of employment to our youth.

93. Congress notes the critical role that State-Owned Enterprises play in delivery cost-effective services to our nation. To ensure continuation and indeed renewal and the infusion of new ideas into the operations of these entities, congress demands a deliberate program to train young technocrats to take over these SOEs should the need arise. A team of well-prepared youth will make transformation that will not hamper the good progress made by some of these SOEs.

94. Congress urges the Government to consider a holistic plan to create employment for people at all skills level in order to cut down on the unemployment rate.

95. Congress calls upon Government to establish an Economic Commission to pursue economic revolution.

96. Congress urges Government to increase the threshold of its housing subsidy to N$ 700 000, in order to respond effectively to the rising housing prices.

97. Congress calls upon the National Planning Commission to ensure that skills development programmes and projects are implemented effectively at the national level and across all sectors.

98. Congress calls upon Government to accelerate and enhance the Namibianization of mines through Epangelo Company.

99. Congress calls upon Government, through the Ministry of Trade and Industry, to urgently finalize and implement the new Investment Act.

100. Congress resolves that the SPYL business arms should be carried out in a full time capacity with an office and full time employees.

101. Congress resolved to call on government to set up a legal framework to prevent municipalities and banks from discriminating young people from owning a decent place to call home. The interest charged on home loans is too high at times times the developers and banks make more than 400% profit and Congress called on government to intervene and reduce it to 100%.

To be continued next week





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