2001 Policy on Arts and Culture
The objectives of the policy are to:
- ensure that the constitutional right is guaranteed, as provided for in article 19 of the Constitution of the Republic of Namibia that says that: “Every person shall be entitled to enjoy, practice, profess, maintain and promote any culture, language, tradition or religion, subject to the terms of this Constitution and further subject to the condition that the rights protected by this Article do not impinge upon the rights of others or the national interest;
- Promote mutual understanding and tolerance of all cultures in Namibia;
- Optimize the economic contribution of arts and culture;
- Foster a symbolic relationship between our artists and the industries which gain from them be it in crafts, advertising, exhibitions or tourism, and in all areas of design;
- Encourage the government, the private sector and many different cultural organizations and interest groups to collaborate in optimizing the use of resources;
- Encourage all bodies working within the culture sector to actively create opportunities for different cultural traditions and manifestations to be exposed and explained to one another; and
- Encourage all bodies with interest in cultural sector to prioritize research.
It was formulated through the activities generated under the National Development Plan Two (NDP2) with the objective to raise awareness at both leadership and the grassroots levels. The principle was further integrated in the Medium Term Plan (MTP) with the appropriately allocated human and financial resources to ensure smooth implementation of the policy.
The expected results are:
- strong processes and networks were built with stakeholders;
- increased number of stakeholders involved in the promotion and development of cultural activities;
- more sectoral policies developed;
- regional cultural centers developed;
- strong foundation of education in the culture established.
- increased number of schools carying out cultural activities;
- a thriving arts and culture industry that addresses, inter alia, unemployment promoted;
- number of arts and culture practitioners generating an income from the sector increased and measurable;
- culture included in other sectoral policies;
The measure is funded by the Namibian Government and through donor funds.