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      Dozens of children in Ohangwena need national documents

      by Anna Shinana

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      OHANGWENA regional governor Walde Ndevashiya has called upon parents and guardians to ensure that children acquire national documents.

      Speaking during the state of the region address yesterday, Ndevashiya said the region still faces the challenge of late birth registration.
      “Between January and May this year, 6 400 birth notifications and 2 800 late births were registered across all offices in the region. Seven thousand four hundred new birth certificates were issued and 4 869 new identity documents were captured and 6 579 identity cards were collected. However, the region is faced with the challenge of late birth registrations. I, therefore, call upon all parents and caretakers of children to put more effort in to ensure that all children under their care have acquired the necessary national documents, not only to avoid statelessness but also to enable them to access the different social safety nets the government provides,” Ndevashiya said.
      Lack of identity and national documents was highlighted as a major huddle to inclusivity in the school system for children.
      This issue was raised during the recent education summit held in the region.
      “We find it very difficult to admit pupils in schools throughout the region, especially schools in constituencies along the border with Angola. Many Angolan children learn in Namibia but sometimes they cannot be admitted because they lack national documents. The two governments need to come together and find a solution to this challenge.”
      Executive director at the ministry of home affairs, immigration, safety and security Etienne Maritz this week reiterated the ministry's role.
      “The ministry's role is to ensure that all pupils by non-Namibian parents, who are attending school in Namibia or envisage to study in Namibia, are required to apply for student permits. However, in the case where one parent is a Namibian and the other is not, the child will be registered as a Namibian citizen and is entitled to get a national document,” said Maritz.


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