The Kunene region might soon get its only institution of further learning as government moots a plan to construct a vocational training centre in the north-western town of Khorixas.
The once thriving town of Khorixas, which lost its sparkle after the regional seat of the Kunene region was moved to Opuwo, previously had a vocational training centre.
However, the centre was closed down in the past and the equipment distributed amongst other vocational training centres in the country.
As a result all school-leaving youth wanting to further their education and training careers are currently forced to leave the region in search for knowledge and skills.
The Acting director of Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), Benny Eiseb said the the first phase of construction of the training centre is expected to start in June next year.
“This will be one and the only tertiary educational institution that will ever be built in Kunene region. This means that all the years after independence all of the students that completed school or dropped out of school had to travel or move to another regions for further studies. This will be now a thing of the past. Once completed this vocational school will serve the whole of Kunene region’s inhabitants to gain necessary skills to put bread on their tables in the future,” Eiseb said.
He added that although he has witnessed some of the inhabitants of the region graduate from the previous VTC, it was removed too soon, and that affected the region in a negative way. The construction of the vocational training centre is also expected to boost the town’s economy as more investors will be attracted to it which might result in the building of more houses for accommodation as the vocational training school will not only attract students from other regions.
Meanwhile, the regional governor of the Kunene region, Angelika Muharukua, explained that the institution will not only serve as a vocational training centre but also as a symbol that the Kunene region will be producing future experts in different fields.
Muharukua reiterated that youths that complete secondary education will be trained in the region and start to utilize skills they gain from the vocational training centre in the region.
“This is a milestone reached not only by the inhabitants of Kunene region but the whole country. This school will make sure that we have experts produced within our region and that learners are rest assured that that they do not have to leave home to get decent education elsewhere but within their region. I urged all the people of Kunene region to look after the training centre so the future generations to come will also benefit from the fruit of this training centre ” Muharukua said.
She added that education is the greatest equalizer and the construction phase will also benefit a lot of inhabitants of the region as some of the trained experts would come back to help construct the vocational training centre in their region.
The Constituency councilor, Ellias Xoagub confirmed that the first phase of construction of the school will start next year.
“Yes, all paper work is done and we are just waiting on the investors to bring their side and start the construction. We have already chose and approved a location where the centre will be constructed so, we are positive that soon the region will have its first educational institution,” Xoagub beamed.
One of the project coordinators of the project at the Africa Institutional Management Services (AIMS), Michael Gaweseb declined to comment at this stage.
“Due to the short notice and the sensitive questions regarding the project, we are unable answer your questions at this time but will engage with you on a later stage,” Gaweseb said.
However, The Villager found that there is a conflict of interest in terms of investment to be made in the project, and investors are currently negotiating the terms and conditions of investment to be made in the project.