A total of 135 unemployed youths in Grootfontein are now equipped with Computer literacy, Office Administration, Hospitality and Tailoring skills after they completed the training facilitated by Women’s Action for Development (WAD).
Members of the Namibian Police, Army, Air Force, Namibian Correction Services and church leaders were also trained in gender related laws and aspects of the Namibian constitution for free.
In all, 99 of them we female and WAD Executive Director Veronica De Klerk said with the students now possessing skills in tailoring, Government needs to abandon its “import syndrome” and give an opportunity to the new graduates to make uniforms for schools and nurses and other protective gear.
“Bearing in mind that Namibia has over 1700 schools with a total learner enrolment of over 600 000, it leaves no doubt that the manufacturing of school uniforms can be a viable industry in Namibia,” De Klerk said.
She further said that “In the face of unemployment and hunger in Namibia, the import syndrome is not justifiable and instead reveals a laid-back attitude about poverty alleviation and development in Namibia.
At the graduation, De Klerk also called to attention the exploitation of Namibian consumers with the sky rocketed food prices of locally produced products.
“I wish to caution that the Namibian suppliers of foodstuffs should be mindful regarding exploitation. We as the consumers are very concerned and upset that the prices of Namibian chicken have sky rocketed since the importation of chicken has been limited” she added.
Otjozondupa Regional Director of Education, Faustina Caley who also spoke at the graduation called on an education for adults and youths in the region, in order to develop their critical thinking and understanding of the society.
“Education and training that cannot lead toward economic development is regarded as inadequate. I view education and training as a basic need to every citizen in our country. The end result should be development of our people at different levels synonymous with progress, growth, social change, evolution, advancement and modernization”.