Progress Namibia and Physically Active Youth: Partners in Sustainability

Progress Namibia - Progress Namibia and Physically Active Youth: Partners in Sustainability
Progress Namibia is the partner on sustainability with the Physically Active Youth. At the beginning of the year 2017, Progress Namibia started voluntary teaching at the Physically Active Youth (P.A.Y). The organisation is a registered non-governmental organization which runs a community based after-school project that focuses on the healthy development of young people in low income communities at the Windhoek Multipurpose Resource Youth Centre in Windhoek, Katutura. Using a holistic approach, the programme addresses the physical health, academic status, personal development, and community involvement of Namibia’s youth, with a commitment to improving and empowering the future of the county through realizing goals set in NDP 4 and new NDP 5, Vision 2030 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan, as well as achieving Sustainable Development Goals, which guides development.

With the hope of capacitating young Namibians to be able to critically think for themselves in this warming world, Progress Namibia provides lessons to the grade 8 to 12 learners enrolled in PAY programme on issues pertaining to sustainability. The many lessons offered cover some of the important concepts such as sustainability, environmental pollution, deforestation and water resource management. Learners are also taught about the broader climate change and its immense impacts and the amicable strides needed to be undertaken by young people in mitigating and adapting to climate change.

In addition to this, Progress Namibia is helping to turn young people into responsible climate driven citizens, because they are the foundation to future strong and resilience societies. The programme further provides a safe and constructive platform for a supervised after-school environment for youth, helping improve academic outcomes, decrease juvenile crimes, teenage sexual activity and substance abuse.