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In Namibia, limited statistics exist on employment levels in the formal and informal markets, income levels, and employee contributions to household income in urban and rural areas, noted Hon Faustina Caley, the Deputy Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture. “The decline in profit levels and the impact of the sustainability of wages are circumstances that required a response that could have cushioned the terrible impact on artists and cultural practitioners and their businesses. Additionally, to circumvent the lack of data, the Ministry responsible for Arts and Culture and the development of Creative Industries is currently investigating and working to ensure the continued data gathering moving forward,” Caley said in her address at the panel discussion on social protection for Artists and Cultural Professionals in Namibia.
The Ministry of Education, Arts, and Culture, with financial support from the German Government, officially launched the country’s first-ever National Records Restoration Facility on Thursday at the National Archives of Namibia.
Education minister Anna Nghipondoka has called on fellow members of parliament to embrace the new Namibia Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy (NACHP). She said it will facilitate and accelerate efforts of incorporating arts, culture and heritage into the national education mainstream.
Namibia has a wealth of cultural heritage resources but while some tour operators feature some sites, a heritage tourism programme has not yet been developed.
With the limit put on the number of people gathering, the country's social scene is rapidly turning into a graveyard if innovation fails. Chairperson of the National Arts Council Patrick Sam stressed that going forward, saving lives as much as saving livelihoods must become a key factor of entertainment and performances, a responsibility that rests on both artists and theatre managers.
Sharing her experiences and the many plans lined up for the year, Shivute says she will use the knowledge she gained from the IYALI conference to implement several programmes and activities. She wishes to develop local libraries and attract more children to start visiting libraries more often.