Government hails NFA Galz & Goals Career Day

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Namibia Football Association’s Galz & Goals development programme for girls organised its first Career Day on Saturday at the NFA Technical Centre in Katutura, Windhoek with Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture in attendance.

Hanse-Himarwa warmly welcomed by the admiring fans, impressed with her juggling skills when she was given a football to officially open the Career Day, alongside NFA Vice President Crooks Nunuheb.

The Minister took her time to honour each presenter with a visit and offered words of wisdom to the young players from the Galz & Goals Leagues and general public who attended the event.

“Scoring is important in football, but you must score both in school and on the pitch that’s the main reason why events such as the NFA Galz & Goals Career Day is organised for you”, the Minister encouraged the girls. The Minister further encourages the public to support such initiatives to better and multiply education opportunities for our young girls and children in general.

The Career Day formed part of the NFA Galz & Goals programme’s aim to encourage girls to stay in school, take their education and career seriously and further learn to take care of them, make healthy choices and lead a healthy lifestyle. It creates opportunities for girls to participate and cut out a clear career path for themselves to become mature responsible citizens.

Spar Namibia, the Gals & Goals programme’s corporate partner initiated the idea of the Career Day, with the popular G&G program which also partners with UNICEF Namibia as the mayor partner, With FIFA and SCORE Namibia.

Spar was represented by the Grove Super Spar that gave away a hamper to one lucky G&G player who won their competition on the day. The lucky winner was Mbitjita Mungunda (16), a player on the U/17 National Team.

“The day was good and also very colourful, because we got to visit the different booths and get useful information. We collect a lot of education &Information material and It was very interesting and I learnt a lot, I was also excited when my name was called as the winner of the Spar hamper ” I called my mom after I received the hamper and she was very excited said Mbitjita, who has played in the Galz & Goals League since she was nine years old.

Institute for Open Learning (IOL) won the prize for the most innovative stall after coming up with a variety of information packaging, having enough staff members to attend to so many girls and public members. Giving out hundreds of goodies. Having a braai from which they surprised all at the end by giving all their braai income to the G&G program.

SCORE Namibia, the Galz & Goals programme’s implementing partner talked to the girls about work in the field of sport for development and youth development initiatives. Among the presenters were also UNAIDS, Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, City Police, Virgin Active, NAMCOL, Namibia Institute of
Architects.

An interesting addition was the football booth with national players and coaches encouraged young aspiring football players to manage both football and studies as important parts of their lives. Taking good examples of themselves as scholar athletes at University but at the same time serving their country as national Footballers and Coaches. They shared their experienced on how best to balance Education and Competitive Sport for a better future. The young participants did not hesitate to visit the presenters and ask their questions.

In-between they took part in fun competitions where they could win great prizes, sponsored by OTB Sport & Trophy, and NFA and about 300 Learners participated in the four-hour event which was also attended by the general public.