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Namibia is a nation with a rich history and a promising future. However, to ensure a prosperous and sustainable future, it’s essential that our leaders take bold action to address the challenges facing the nation today. As citizens, we have a crucial role to play in supporting our leaders to create the change that will secure our futures. Here are some practical ways we can do that:

1. Build a culture of accountability

Leaders need to be held accountable for their actions and decisions. As citizens, we can demand transparency and honesty from our leaders and hold them to account when they fail to deliver on their promises. We can do this by staying informed about the issues, speaking out when we see wrongdoing, and participating in democratic processes such as elections and public consultations.

2. Foster collaboration and cooperation

Creating change requires the collective effort of many stakeholders, including civil society organisations, businesses, and individuals. As citizens, we can support leaders by promoting cooperation and collaboration across sectors and encouraging inclusive decision-making processes. This can involve participating in community-based initiatives, supporting local businesses, and volunteering our time and resources to support causes that matter to us.

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3. Prioritize education and innovation

Investing in education and innovation is crucial for creating sustainable change. By supporting initiatives that promote learning, skill-building, and entrepreneurship, we can help leaders create a more prosperous and equitable future for all Namibians.

Afterbreak Magazine has recently launched Afterbreak Youth in Business, a column aimed at promoting and strengthening youth entrepreneurship in Namibia. The initiative aims to provide a platform for young entrepreneurs to share their stories and experiences and to connect them with mentors and funding opportunities in the future.

As citizens, we can support this initiative by sharing the column with others and advocating for policies that prioritise innovation and creativity. By investing in education and innovation, we can help create a more vibrant and resilient economy and support our leaders in creating a brighter future for Namibia.

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4. Embrace diversity and inclusion

Namibia is a diverse country with a rich history and culture that span many ethnicities and traditions. As citizens, we can support leaders by advocating for policies that embrace diversity and promote inclusion, ensuring that everyone has a voice and an opportunity to contribute to the future of the nation. This can involve supporting initiatives that promote cultural understanding, advocating for policies that support marginalised communities, and participating in community-building events and activities.

5. Be active citizens

Finally, we can support our leaders by being active and engaged citizens. This means staying informed about the issues that matter to us, participating in community activities and events, and exercising our rights and responsibilities as Namibian citizens. By staying informed, speaking out, and taking action, we can help our leaders create the change that will secure our futures.

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Creating the change now that will secure our futures is no easy task, but it’s one that we must all take seriously. By working together and supporting our leaders in these ways, we can build a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future for ourselves and for generations to come.

Let’s take action now to ensure a better future for all Namibians.

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Rejoice Amutenya

Rejoice Amutenya is a Youth Envoy at the UN International Telecommunication Union and the Founder of Afterbreak Magazine and Afterbreak Abroad.

She juggles between being a youth leader, an entrepreneur and a Computer Science student.

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