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EUNIC Cluster facilitates Football Tournament and Mini-Film Festival to promote 'Unity in Diversity'
On Saturday, the 30th of October, the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) together with eight schools in Namibia came together for the EUNIC 2017 Youth Football Tournament. Similarly, a series of films from Europe on football was screened at the Goethe Institut in Windhoek, as well as at the Windhoek International School. Football is something, which both the EU and Namibia enjoys, hence it was decided to have a football event as part of this year's EUNIC activities. In her statement EU Ambassador to Namibia, Jana Hybaskova said: "We believe this year's football event and inspring European soccer movies promotes plurality and European values of great sportsmanship. It furthermore strengthens 'unity in diversity', which is not only applicable in Europe, but also in Namibia to strengthen the Namibian identity". She added that the Football Tournament further demonstrates cooperation, teamwork, fair-play and can assist in bridging cultural gaps.
An under -15 football team from Concordia College was crowned the champions of the European Union National Institutes for Culture cluster in Namibia 2017 Youth Football Tournament. The team representing Namibia, beat Germany 1-0 in the finals. Germany was represented by a team from Windhoek High School. Portugal, represented by a team from Jakob Marengo Secondary School, got third place.
The top three teams, Namibia, Germany and POrtugal walked away with medals and the prizes of a rock climbing excursion, Go-Karting and a day of archery respectively. The other teams in ascending order of ranking, France-Jan Jonker Secondary School, Great Britain-Fidel Castro School; Finland - Marthi-Ahtisaari Secondary School; European Union - St George's Diocesan School; and Spain - Physically Active Namibia received medals for participating.
"Today's tournament shows what we have in common: players are all Namibian, from various cultural backgrounds who maybe even speak different languages and have different cultures, but live together in one country in peace and unity. This is what Europe stands for: different peoples with different languages and different cultures, but living together with unity in diversity", said Goethe-Institut Namibia Director and current President of the EUNIC Cluster in Namibia, Daniel Stoevesandt.
Windhoek International School