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\'Stamps & Stories\' launched to educate Namibian children

Thu, 7 March 2013 22:47
by The Villager Reporter
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WINDHOEK, 07 MAR (NAMPA) – The Namibia Post Ltd. (NamPost) and Gondwana Collection Namibia have combined efforts to educate the children of Namibia on the country's rich and diverse history through postage stamps and stories. 
On Wednesday, the two entities each donated 100 copies of the book titled 'Stamps & Stories' to the Namibian Scientific Society in Windhoek, who in turn will distribute it to various school libraries all over the country. 
'Stamps & Stories' contains 50 entertaining and illustrated stories varying from the dangers postal runners endured more than 200 years ago to modern day Namibia. 
The book also tells the stories of different tribes and cultures like the OvaHimba, Ngandjeras and the Dorslandtrekkers. 
General Manager for Marketing at NamPost, Berlindi van Eck told Nampa on Wednesday NamPost joined Gondwana because of their similar sentiments when it comes to the history of Namibia. 
Van Eck said that with the competition NamPost faces with social media, it came up with the initiative to get the youth exposed to stamps and the history of the country, because postage stamps are used to portray the history of Namibia.
“The younger generation is not very fond of history, and through 'Stamps and Stories' they can get a better understanding of our past,” she said. 
The Public Relations Officer at Gondwana Collection Namibia, Inke Stoldt, said the book was the brainchild of the group's Managing Director Mannfred Goldbeck. 
Gondwana Collection Namibia is a lodge and tourism company. 
Stold who spoke on behalf of Goldbeck, told Nampa the group has information centres at all its lodges across the country that give out information to their guests about the fauna and flora of the region where the lodges are situated. 
The 192-page soft-band book follows the success of a newspaper series that was published in most local papers since September 2011. The second volume of the book is planned for November this year.
The books are available at the offices of the Gondwana Collection in Windhoek, all their lodges, selected bookshops across the country, and can also be found on the company’s web site