THE INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL NAMIBIA
December 25, a bright but comfortably warm day seemed to concur with what
was to happen in the following 5 days of the first International Summer
School ever held in Namibia.
26-31 DECEMBER 1999, A SHORT REPORT
December 26, the first day of the summer school, and the rain decided to
join hands in welcoming the friends to Namibia and evening with Kevin Locke
a Native American from the Sioux tribe who arrived in Namibia two weeks ahead
of the summer school to participate in a teaching project that took him to
many places throughout Namibia. The moment without a doubt unforgettable.
The topics for the summer school and the speakers that delivered them took
the participants through moments of reflection, dedication, and at times
topics like early days in the History of the Baha'i Faith in Namibia moved
those who witnessed it and those who only heard about it for the first time
Mr Sabri who delivered speeches on the theme of the school "Building a
united, vibrant, cohesive Community" (an extract from the message of
Universal House of Justice on the Four Year Plan) ignited a fire within the
hearts of the participants that will undoubtedly burn for a long time to
come. To top it all off , the last day of the summer school was blessed with
the presence of Counsellor Mrs Lally Warren who cut short her trip to the
Counsellors meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. People from as far as Barbedos,
Ethiopia, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States and from
Southern African countries came for this wonderful school. In total there
were 17 countries represented and 427 people attended the school including
the 55 people subsidized. The core committee with 11 other sub-committees
worked so hard to make this school a success. The unity and love and
cooperation which came out of this school is wonderful. The whole idea of
the "Subsidy" was very much supported and welcomed by many participants,
and all who were subsidized gave their services to the cause and to raise
money even by washing cars, this really sowed the sense of commitment of our
youth, and the eagerness to participate in the school. Speeches delivered
by Mr Sabri on the arc and by Mr Tahir Taherzadeh on the history of the
Faith were well attended.
Other interesting highlights of the school were the performing arts festival
in the evenings. There were prizes and certificate of attendance awarded to
all who attended the performing arts. The spirit was wonderful and all did
their best to show their talents.
On Tuesday December 28th the official opening day, Dr Mose Tjitendero the
speaker of the National Assembly of Namibia, the key note speaker in his
address praised the Baha'is for the wonderful work they are doing. The event
received a wide media coverage by the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation
(NBC). Participants representing different nationalities and countries were
welcomed by Mr Akin Odulate the Master of Ceremony and Ms Ndita Nghipondoka,
which was spiritually uplifting and joyous moment.
A Banner hung in the middle of down town Windhoek on "Independence Avenue"
adored the avenue along with x-mass and millennium lights and decorations for
about 2 weeks.
The Teaching project which followed the school, enrolled into the Faith 24
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