New Era (Windhoek)

16 January 2013

Namibia: WAD Offers Courses for School-Leavers

Keetmanshoop — Women's Action for Development (WAD) is offering opportunities to school-leavers and school dropouts to attend courses at its training centre in Keetmanshoop.

The Executive Director of WAD, Veronica de Klerk, made the offer when she received a donation of computers and laptops from the Namdeb Foundation recently. The Namdeb Foundation donated computers, laptops and other equipment to the WAD Training Centre valued at more than N$50 000.

"Last year's school-leavers and dropouts are welcome to come to our centre and to familiarize themselves with the courses offered in computer literacy, office administration, tailoring and hospitality," she said.

"Don't delay, because registration is currently in full swing and applications are streaming in. There is a life beyond poverty and dropping out of school, which this centre can offer you," said De Klerk.

"This sponsorship is very important because the extremely high unemployment rate of 70 percent among the youth in the country is well known," De Klerk said. The donation, part of larger effort by Namdeb to support the training centre, includes 10 desktop computers and flat screen monitors all completely new and loaded with the latest software operating systems, keyboards and mice, three laptops, a multimedia projector and training accessories.

"With this donation the donor becomes part of the driving force, which helps move our youth from the present point A to an advanced point B somewhere in the future," said De Klerk.

"The donation will expose large numbers of school-leavers and school dropouts to the seemingly endless possibilities which the world of computer literacy brings about," said the WAD executive director.

She expressed the wish that big numbers of youths from the south will go all the way to master advanced computer skills and to help determine the breakthrough that the world will witness in the future, due to advanced computer technology.

She is of the view that with sound computer skills, young people will be in favourable positions to enter the job market, especially with the opening of the multi-million shopping mall initiated by Old Mutual; the establishment of the University of Namibia (Unam) campus and the construction of the Neckartal dam. According to her, positive developments are starting to manifest in the south, therefore human capacity will be required to drive the process of change.

She urged the centre to work hand in hand with the regional directorate of education to help all school dropouts and school-leavers who are too poor to advance to university to prepare them for the labour market.

Namdeb Foundation Executive Manager, Janita Von Wiellich, said through its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) implementation agent, the company is eager to consider projects that show direct benefits for local communities. According to Wiellich the foundation spent 72 percent of its available funding in its CSI budget in 2012 on projects in the Karas Region.

The //Kharas Training Centre, established through the support of Namdeb has already empowered more than 800 people since 2007.

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