Deputy Speaker Loide Kasingo with the inspirational Armando Pieters
Story by George Sanzila
In its relentless efforts to promote accessibility and public participation in the affairs of Parliament, the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Loide Kasingo today (25/01/17) met a vibrant young boy Armando Pieters, an aspiring humanitarian whose philanthropic activities earned him a meeting with President Hage Geingob last year.
At only 13 years old Pieters, a grade 7 learner at People’s Primary school, leads a charity organisation called Poverty eradicators with five other young people. The charity organisation launched last year has already done benevolent work such as cleaning campaigns, youth empowerment and soup kitchens.
Pieters, who earlier in the day had met a series of ministers including the Prime Minister, visited the National Assembly to canvass for support in his organisation’s quest to solicit for funds. Already, a branch of his charity project would be launched in Rundu next week and plans are afoot to have it replicated in other regions.
The Deputy Speaker who was visibly pleased with Pieter’s demonstrable leadership qualities felt, he would be well placed in the children’s Parliament. “We have seen your noble work and we’re very pleased with what you’re doing. I see potential in you because you have demonstrated leadership skills. I will see on how we can include you in the children’s Parliament”, promised Hon. Kasingo.
The Children’s Parliament, apart from lobbying and advising government on policies that would improve the rights and welfare of children, it has the potential to inculcate a democratic culture and help groom and nurture future leaders.