"Etanda Oniyondo"Play – a theatrical production of the traditional rituals of the Zemba ethnic group - An event supported by the EU
On the 6th of August, the EU attended the "Etanda Oniyondo" Play, which took place at the Namibia University of Science and Technology. This event forms part of an EU funded Project called "Revitalizations of indigenous languages to preserve culture". It is financed under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights and amounts to EUR 250,000 and implemented by NUST. This research project will focus on Oshiwambo, Otjiherero and KhoeKhoe languages with the aim to protect, preserve and promote the culture of Namibian indigenous groups. Some of the specific objectives include: to increase cultural awareness of Owambo, Ovaherero and San cultural expressions and languages in Namibia; to increase institutional capacity on indigenous cultures and languages and to ensure they become an integral part of the developmental agenda of Government. In her remarks the EU Press Officer said "Cultural expressions and language play an important role in everybody's identity. Cultural heritage furthermore has a universal value for all of us and needs to be preserved and passed on to future generations. It also allows for inter-cultural conversations on what we have in common and can play a role in promoting cultural unity in diversity". She furthermore said the EU is based on a strong commitment to promoting and protecting human rights, democracy and the rule of law worldwide. EU policy furthermore includes promoting the rights of women and children as well as promoting economic, social and cultural rights in Namibia.