The United Nations System in Namibia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare hosted a Soccer Match Against Poverty on Saturday, 24 October 2015. The event was held at the NFA Technical Centre in Katutura.
Speaking during the opening ceremony the Honourable Deputy Minister of Poverty Eradication & Social Welfare, Minister Kapewangolo Aino called upon the youth to join hands with the Government and its partners in the war against poverty. She noted that „business is not as usual at the Ministry of Poverty Eradication & Social Welfare, therefore with the unwavering support of the UN and most importantly support from the highest office of this country, we will ensure that you take your destiny in your hands and improve your living conditions for the better“
The UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Anita Kiki Gbeho told the young people that the UN’s doors remain open and encouraged them to share ideas on alleviation of poverty. The UN Country team members along with the Deputy Minister kick started the match, by taking turns to score a goal. The Women’s Soccer League, the UNAM Bokkies vs Tura Magic Ladies set the ball rolling for the first match and had the supporters and soccer fans fixated on the field from the start to the end of the match. The release of seventy balloons at the start, was symbolic for the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations.
The significant day of events also included entertainment from a Namibian artist Chesta, followed by the kwaito star in Namibia, the Dogg. The stage was filled with youth participants dancing and singing along.
Additionally, a public exhibition was set up by youth organizations, such as Physically Active Youth, Young Achievers and different food vendors. The UN also exhibited and disseminated information about the various UN agencies. The Blood Transfusion Unit of Namibia also rendered their services. The youth were granted the opportunity to get tested and find out their exact blood type.
The highlight of the day was the award ceremony officiated by the Deputy Minister of Poverty Eradication & Social Welfare and the UN Resident Coordinator. Medals were awarded to individuals participation in the pre- and main matches. The trophies were reserved for the winning teams. Despite the extremely hot climate conditions the first ever Soccer Match against Poverty in Namibia was well received by all stakeholders.