Windhoek — The Executive Director of the National Youth Council (NYC) of Namibia, Mandela Kapere, was recently quoted in the local media as saying that 68 percent of the Namibian youths are unemployed. He thus appealed to the Government and other institutions to adopt a multi- sectoral approach to address the high rate of unemployment among the youths.
Youth Corner's Pinehas Nakaziko approached some youths around Windhoek about their critical state of unemployment, why they think they are in this pitiful situation and what they think must be done to alleviate their problem.
Titus Shilongo (27), selling newspapers on the streets: "The main reason is lack of education, opportunity and connection to school or work has long-term implication. All I am saying is that, all people should just be trained on what they do best, like what they do with National Youth Services of Namibia (NYSN). They should build more of those things, that way unemployed youths will be reduced."
Rosa Amadhila (19), a micro biography student at University of Namibia: "I believe we have a lazy nation. All we want is to be given free jobs, not knowing that everything requires hand work. The Government should at least set up more technical schools for those people who did not make it to Grade 12 because I am sure they also have other different talents. What we should do is to get rid of that lazy attitude and start working hard."
Nangolo Shigwedha, (25) job seeker: "I think sometimes we don't like trying different things, if, for example I failed school, all we think of is to give up on our life and go sit at home doing nothing. My solution to this is to go out there, start walking around make your own CV and put what you are good at. Try different companies and I am sure you will get one that can put bread on your table."
MbajorokaMatuzee (18), a student from Polytechnic of Namibia: "We have a big numbers of unemployed youth because of Grade 10 and 12 failures. I am suggesting that government should put more emphasis on developing free vocational training centres, or to decrease the amount of fees for higher education institutions for those who cannot help them selfs or can't afford to pay their school fees so that we cannot end up in streets."
Tueyimo Hainghumbi (33), street vendor: "I only sell sweets here at the bus stop, this is not a job. We want proper jobs. To me the reason why we don't get jobs is because of our lack of qualification. We have no money to pay for our education and thus left us ineffective in life. The Namibian government should introduce more programmers on how to start up your own business successful without paying any amount."
Kambabi Arthur (20), student at University of Namibia: "Ignorance, most of nowadays' youth have ignorant dreams. Instead of starting from scratches, we expect things to fall from the heaven. Also some youths expect to be given things free of charge from the government. Most of them are unemployed due to embarassment because they don't want to be rated negatively by the society. The solution to this is, always starts from the scratch and embracesthe little opportunity you get. I think they should try to work harder not just to give up on life."
Joseph Nkundi (25), job seeker: "To me I think most of us are encountering greater competition from older workers for increasingly scarce entry-level jobs, especially in light of the recession. Many lack the higher skill set required for the well-paying jobs that are available. We should try to be competitors and study very hard to be someone in life."
Melania Antindi (19), student at University of Namibia: "The main reason is because most of the youth in Namibia were not able to finish their school education to the point or level where they can be rolled into universities where they can further their studies to get proper jobs.
Let me go to the point of the recent announcement of free education. Youth should take advantage of this situation to educate themselves. Those who did not reach the 25 points should at least go to the International University of Management or small colleges in Namibia. I am sure they will get experience from there."
Hafeni Nyemwatya (18), student at University of Namibia: "I can say most of the time companies only want experienced youths or workers. As a youth, when coming out of schools, we normally don't have enough experiences to do the job. That's were companies ends up rejecting us. I think they should focus more on internship before finding someone suitable for the job, at least for a year or two."
Martha Nepolo (18), student at Peninsula University of Cape town: "I believe the main reason behind it is because most of the youths are dropping out of schools and some don't go to schools. Some don't have money to pay for their higher institutions of education, and without any qualification, they will never get a job. The government should help out those youths to pay for their school fees, and it must also hands out study loans to everybody who passes."