My Culture, My Pride!
Within Namibia there are around 13 different ethnic groups and tribes; the Herero, the Damara, the Nama, the San, the Rehoboth Basters, the Coloureds, the Whites, the Caprivian, the Kavango, theTopnaars, the Tswana, the Himba and the Owambo.
In the South, the Nama’s are the most dominant group as this is where we originate from. In Namibia, we are very fond of our cultures and celebrate every year in memory of our forefathers as a way of respect. The language we know as Khoekhoegowab “!Gai //goas” derived from the Southern and Hardap regions. The Nama culture is one of the culture’s that eats traditional foods like donkey meat and drinks magou.
However in recent years the Owambo tribe has begun moving into the Southern areas and their way of speaking has grown. In the Owambo tribe we eat traditional foods such as Mahangu porridge with green leaves. The green leaves are a form of traditional spinach which we dry and use to help the preservation of food. We also cut reeds to make traditional clothing. Like many tribes within Namibia, we showcase our tribe’s culture through singing, dancing and playing drums.
Since gaining independence, all the cultures within Namibia are respectful of one another and share the land peacefully.
Our Culture at JA Nel School
Established in 1982, our school has always had a strong sense of community and culture. We gather together for assembly’s/announcements and sing our national anthem as well as our school anthem;
‘We remember the hardships of time and temptations to waver from our aim, education’
50% of JA Nel students are Khoekhoegowab speaking and it is the main language spoken within school and the south of Namibia. However, JA Nel incorporates lots of different cultures and tribes and we respect them all in one place of learning. Our school teaches languages such as Nama, Afrikaans and English as a second language which enhances our knowledge and appreciation for other communities.
There are a multitude of talented learners at JA Nel, this has been showcased in the Phoenix Project’s UniCamp. Our school welcomes learners from Windhoek, Noordhoek, Noordoewer and all over the North and provides them with hostel accommodation so that they are able to stay in education.