Reschelle Beukes is the newly elected Junior Mayor of the City of Windhoek after replacing Michael Petrus who are both from Windhoek High School.
Reschelle describes herself as a hardworking and independent 16 year old with dreams and ambitions that have no limits. She strives to be a better version of herself everyday towards becoming the person God created her to be and she considers showing and sharing His love as it is one of her top priorities.
She also states that one of her biggest accomplishments so far was when she got awarded Best Overall Achiever in the Khomas Region for the JSC – Grade 10 Examinations, and top achiever in Additional Mathematics and 2nd in Life Science in the Country.
I value the simplest things and people in life. I perceive myself as very meticulous and like things to be done with precision.
Reschelle, who is also the Project Representative Council (PRC) of her school spoke about how it is very important to keep a balanced lifestyle. “I try to find a happy balance between my academics, sport and social activities. To me, life is like riding a bicycle: to keep your balance, you must keep moving.” She participates in Netball which really brought out the competitive side in her and inspires her everyday to believe in herself, she adds.
Another interest of hers is biology, specifically the human body and writing. From this passion, her dream to become a Pediatric Neurosurgeon surfaced. Writing gives her the opportunity to express herself in a way spoken words can’t. Portraying herself on a piece of paper gives her a sense of satisfaction. Most of all, she loves spending time with her family and friends.
Talking about the future, Reschelle says that she definitely wants to be part of the Miss WHS pageant and she would love for her netball team to win the league this year. Looking a bit futher into the future, she would love to see herself as a leader at her school serving on the LRC.
“My education and studies are very important to me and will work hard to achieve 6 distinctions at the end of grade 12. After all I need these excellent marks if I were to pursue my dream of becoming a neurosurgeon”, she voices.
Here are some few questions we asked Reschelle Beukes.
NOW THAT YOU ARE RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE YOUNG/ JUNIOR MAYORS IN NAMIBIA, WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO DO ECONOMICALLY, SOCIALLY AND POLITICALLY TO MAKE WINDHOEK, OR MOREOVER NAMIBIA A BETTER PLACE?
To improve your country economically, I believe starts with oneself to be a good and active citizen. The Junior Council would like to encourage the society to share its good fortune and give back to the community. There are various great ways that you, as a member of society can help. Active citizenship can be as small as a campaign to clean up your street, such as the Cleaner City project that the Junior Council embarks on.
The Junior Council in collaboration with the Solid Waste Management tries to cultivate a culture of keeping the city clean amongst the community.
We are living in a world faced with huge social challenges and today’s generation, the most interconnected generation ever, continues to grow rapidly, and the challenges they face are ever more intimidating.
Considering these negative aspects, I cannot help but be optimistic when I see the commitment of young people across Namibia. Over the next year as the Junior Council, we aim to solve the most pressing issues of our time. Therefore, we need to partake in social youth movements, for they have the potential to make a social change. As the Junior Council we are asking ourselves – how can we empower the youth to drive social progress in our developing country through new and innovative projects? One of the projects being the Elderly project. This project focuses on spending quality time with the elderly citizens of our community and encouraging inter-generational learning experiences.
The Junior Council focuses on Youth for Youth empowerment. The youth face many issues in Namibia, but these issues go unheard. Since the youth would better understand other young people, the best way to improve this newer generation would be through politics. We would like to raise awareness on mental health by implementing a project dealing with psychological well-being as our core project. Active citizenship would be very relevant here, because youth are the most apathetic people when it comes to politics.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO ELIMINATE CORRUPTION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT?
We as a junior Council try to eliminate corruption amongst ourselves by keeping internal elections free, fair and transparent through the help of the Electoral Commission of Namibia. The ENC leadership conducted the Junior Council election of the Executive committee. This process not only ensured us as the Junior Council acted honestly and with integrity but also exposed us to experience how real voting and elections work in the parliament. Furthermore, we extended this principal of candor by requiring birth certificates as proof of the voters’ age and marked each voter’s finger to ensure each person only votes once.
As for eliminating corruption in the broader community, we as the Junior Council will strive to cultivate a culture of accountability amongst the youth by trying to portray integrity ourselves. (Education and training for all citizens about corruption and how to avoid or report it should be part of any induction programme).
After all, the first step in ending corruption starts with oneself: obey the law and encourage those around you to do the same.
Congratulations Reschelle Beukes!