The Presentation of Credentials by His Excellency Wilfried I. Emvula, High Commissioner-designate of the Republic of Namibia to The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago was held on November 12, 2014 at the Office of His Excellency the President.
His Excellency Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona, O.R.T.T., S.C. the President of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago hosted His Excellency Wilfried I. Emvula, High Commissioner-designate of the Republic of Namibia to The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. At the start of this meeting the High Commissioner presented his letters of Credence to the President. Accompanying the High Commissioner was his wife Mrs Ester N. Emvula and Counsellor Mr Vasco Samupofu.
In keeping with his initiative to engage the youth of the Nation in events of a diplomatic nature, ten (10) students from various secondary schools in The Republic Trinidad and Tobago were invited to witness and participate in the process. This initiative allowed for interaction among the students, the President and the High Commissioner. The occasion also afforded their Excellencies the opportunity to give encouraging words of advice to the students.
After explaining that the presence of the students was to show what is possible in life once you set goals and put in the hard work, His Excellency, asked High Commissioner Emvula, as a former teacher, to address the students on his experiences and his path to becoming a High Commissioner.
His Excellency Emvula spoke of the necessary discipline to be successful academically and the almost limitless possibilities offered in the global village that the world has become. He then spoke of his childhood growing up under the Apartheid System and the different levels of segregation. The need for a written permit to enter certain parts of the country and the different levels of schooling. Under such a system of separation and dominance, as a boy, he never expected to enter into the diplomatic service for his country.
His Excellency High Commissioner Emvula commended The President on his initiative and thanked him for the opportunity to address the students. He further stated that it was unprecedented internationally and that he had never experienced such an earnest interest in demonstrating to young people the opportunities available to them.
President Carmona further explained to High Commissioner Emvula that through the students’ exposure to Diplomatic Ceremonies a connection with the youth of the Republic can be formed. It is his belief that they will gain an appreciation for the mechanics of International Relations, Protocol and Diplomacy thereby encouraging them to realize their fullest potential.
The teachers, students and schools in attendance were:
|Ms. Kristal Carrington||Matelot Community School – Teacher|
|Donna Marie Wilson||Matelot Community School|
|Shade Guy||Matelot Community School|
|Triston Murray||Matelot Community School|
|Leah Belliel||Matelot Community School|
|Ms. Wendy Bacchus-Alleyne||St James Government Secondary School – Teacher|
|Alyeah Malco||St James Government Secondary School|
|Kyle Blackman||St James Government Secondary School|
|Onesha Hughes||St James Government Secondary School|
|Ms. Sita Benjamin||San Juan South Secondary School – Teacher|
|Uchena Myers||San Juan South Secondary School|
|Amity Parris||San Juan South Secondary School|
|Avinash Sookai||San Juan South Secondary School|