As students ready for the start of the 2022 academic year, including Nanso’s 17th national congress, the organisation’s acting president Gregory Madi is hopeful the congress will address the needs of students in the country.
“As the congress approach, we hope the spirit of critically analysing and addressing the issues that students and learners face consumes us and leads us into a successful electoral congress,” he stated recently.
The Namibia National Students Organisation (Nanso) holds its national congress every two years, with the previous event held in 2019.
The 2021 congress where the new office-bearers were supposed to be elected, did not take place due to Covid-19 regulations, and was then postponed to May this year.
Speaking to Youth Corner, Nanso’s acting vice president, Luciano Kambala said over the past few years, Nanso has done much work to ensure it is self-sustainable and does not rely on government funding, this includes acquiring assets.
“The new leadership that will take over will have to continue expanding and maintaining the current status of the organisation,” he added.
As the leadership tries to eliminate a substantial structural deficit, Kambala said Nanso is currently in a better position and hopes for the incoming leadership to continue striving to achieve a common goal, which is to rebuild a united Nanso.
“At the moment, Nanso is at its peak after a very long time of divisions within the organisation. There was a time Nanso was not as active as it is today, and we are confident that whoever takes over will sustain the current status or do better,” he said.
Madi and Kambala are part of the new cadres that were appointed on an acting basis last October. They will serve until the next general student council, which is the highest decision-making body, after the congress.