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Some Namibian children have to tackle the challenge of walking long distances to and from school in all weather conditions barefoot because of the inability of parents or guardians to provide shoes. Namibian medical professionals have often come under fire for incompetence and there has been a lot of scrutiny considering how sensitive and delicate the profession is in terms of service delivery and saving lives. There are a lot of activities that have happened in Namibia – and to some extent, this has formed content for artists to spread messages through songs, dance, theatre plays, film and so forth. In some families, educated members are always seen as the most important, and family meetings cannot happen without them, while the uneducated are ridiculed and not taken seriously. Youth leader Ester Simon has been appointed as president of the Pan African Female Youth Leaders (PANAFYL), with the main aim of addressing issues confronting women and children on the continent. Namibia has rolled out new HIV medication for children, and it is now available to eligible children in all regions. This was announced by Dr Laimi Ashipala, the chief medical officer for the HIV/STI programme within the health ministry. She indicated that the introduction of this new medication is informed by new developments in the HIV field and positive scientific evidence. Young people are more advanced and exposed to technology than older generations, and should thus be at the forefront to spread malaria-related information, especially in local languages. Not having school shoes could affect a learner’s academic output and in some cases, they could become victims of bullying. Matteus Maholland, the head boy of Hochland High School, said this during the recent launch of ‘Project Never Walk Alone’ initiated by local businessman and MTC executive, Tim Ekandjo. The gender ministry hopes to raise N$1 million from the general public through its SMS competition to fund identified projects. The ministry’s spokesperson, Lukas Haufiku, said apart from existing ways, MTC executive Tim Ekandjo said corporates are making big money but shy away from playing their part and contributing to national development. Ekandjo said this at the handing over of six brand new classrooms to the Omatako Primary School in Otjozondjupa region yesterday to the tune of N$1.2 million. From the age of 10, Aaron Mushimba already knew he would have a clothing line because of his artistic gift of drawing clothes, and today has turned that passion for fashion into a business. One thing evident about him, apart from flying the Namibian flag very high in the international space and spreading that ‘Nam Flava’ brand, is that EES is a very private individual and hardly flaunts his loved ones on socials.