Monday 19 April 2021
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Oshivelo learners battle social evils

Learners as young as 14 years old from Oshivelo know that their future is in jeopardy, should the settlement not transform into an education-orientated setup.
From first sight, liquor outlets clearly dominate the business environment of Oshivelo and some outlets are even accused of selling alcohol to under-aged children.
According to several learners who spoke to this publication during a familiarization visit recently, they face a bleaker future with all the social evils of drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, child labour and human trafficking being rife in the area.
Grade nine learner at the Uukumwe Combined School expressed abysmal concern over the future of his peers saying Oshivelo is not fit for the learners and learning at large.
“I am worried about my peers who live in Oshivelo. We have a lot of bars that sell alcohol to the young. Next to these bars are the houses of the very same learners that come to school the following day. The older people invite the learners to bars and in some instances even give them to smoke weed,” said the 15 year old Nicanor Immanuel who is also the school’s headboy.
According to the learners at the school, the youth in Oshivelo are more drawn to alcohol instead of productive activities while young school girls have become prey to truck drivers. The settlement has in recent years become fertile grounds for alleged truck drivers who take along young girls for sexual favours in exchange for money.
“My peers have become prone to teenage pregnancy and it is a pity to see many go away from school to sit at home. What is even worse is the fact that they do not come back,” said 14 year old Dalsie Ngubaye.
The young pupil, who echoes the same sentiments as Immanuel, said the community and authorities need to take a rigorous approach towards educating the youth and at the same time eradicating the agents of the social evils.
“For example, the Police needs to intervene and stop these truck drivers that are sexually preying on the school girls.”
While speaking to learners, one could pick up the level of awareness of the learners towards issues in their community, which also translates to how the youth, even in primary school, are exposed to the social evils.
“The young people of Oshivelo do not take their education serious. When they fail, they want to blame the teachers when they are the ones who are not studying. The youth drink more than they study or attempt to look for employment.
It is worrying because the ones that are still in school look at this lifestyle and think it is cool to follow,” said Nicole Keyser.
The one-street settlement with limited basic services leaves the youth with nothing besides alcohol to keep them busy– a concern the young people have long raised.

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