New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Classes Reaching Out to Rural Areas

Windhoek — The computer classes that the Windhoek-based Pewa Academy and the Namibia San Development Organisation have started in Windhoek this month is rolling out to the rural areas of Gam and Okakarara in the Otjozondjupa Region beginning August.

The classes are free to San community and those living with disabilities but NSDO are also subsidising 60 percent of the tuition fees of others who have enrolled for the classes which started on February 6 in Windhoek at the Berthold Himumuine Primary School. This is N$240 of the N$560 fee per student for Level 1, which is an Advanced Level Basic Foundation. For the next two levels, Level 2 and 3, that is the Advance Level Foundation Skill and the Computer Repair and Hardware Maintenance Skill, the NSDO is helping each student with N$620 (of N$860) and N$820 (of N$1,100) respectively.

Altogether 67, most unemployed people, have registered for the classes in the three levels, Level 1 which is the Advanced Level Basic Foundation with 43; Level 2, the Advance Level Foundation Skill with 19 and Level 3, the Computer Repair and Hardware Maintenance Skill 5. The classes are taking place daily from Mondays to Thursdays from two O'clock in the afternoon and eight O'clock in the evening, 14h00 and 20h00, with Level 1 being the first at 14h00 -15h30; Level 2 from 14h30-18h00 and Level 3 from 18h30-20h00.

Founder of the NSDO, Jersey Katjimune, has expressed satisfaction with the inaugural enrolments as well as the rate of attendance since the beginning of the classes two weeks ago, adding that the long-term objective with the computer classes is particularly the upliftment of the previously marginalised groups such as the San and Ovatue as well as those living with disabilities. One of the Level 2 students, Vetumbuavi Hange, says she is happy that after barely two weeks, she could now write her curriculum vitae (CV), letters, e-mail messages as well as use the internet, all of which can be helpful in her quest for a job.

Some prizes are instore for the best performing students such as flay screen computer for the best performer on Level 3 at the end of the course.

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