Vocational training students are currently participating in the WorldSkills competition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, WorldSkills Namibia said.
The team which is comprised of 7 students is led by Education minister Itah Kanji-Murangi and other senior Technical and Vocational Education and Training delegates.
This is the second time Namibia is taking part in this competition and is amongst the six countries that represent Africa and Namibia.
They are competing in seven skill categories against 77 other countries where 1,300 competitors from across the world compete in 51 skill areas across a wide range of industries and trades.
Namibia is represented by Johannes Kakoro in bricklaying and Zanodean Zaal in carpentry both from Windhoek Vocational Training Centre; Kaute Kavezembua in cooking from Nakayale Vocational Training Centre; Tjihimise Karaerua in electrical installation from NamPower Training Centre; Justina Ashiyana in joinery at Valombola Vocational Training Centre; Albertina Shitalangaho is in plumbing and heating from Windhoek Vocational Training Centre and Sakaria Ndaningina in wall and floor tiling also from Windhoek Vocational Training Centre.
“WorldSkills is one of the biggest platforms for skills, which provides you with an opportunity to benchmark your skill against the best in the world,” Shitalangaho said.
Zaal also said that the opportunity is special as it allows the students to apply their knowledge to an international platform and test the limits, “What I look forward to most is being able to represent Namibia.”
Not only will the team compete, but take part in skills exchange and be able to experience the latest technological innovations and best practice in their respective fields, with an aim to adapt that into Namibia’s local training system and narrow the gap with the global bests.
Apart from the competition, relevant forums are organised alongside the WorldSkills International Competition to give high-level platforms to member countries, global sponsors and industry partners to discuss the skills agenda and create collaborative opportunities.
Two trainees from Namibia’s vocational training centres Riika Iipinge and Petrina Ashipala has also joined a group of close to 300 other youths from around the globe in discussions about the future of TVET.
The Villager understands that the Youth Declaration will be presented to the ministers’ TVET summit during the WorldSkills competition and by doing this, Namibia will take a step that many successful economies have undertaken to ensure the accelerated and sustainable development of the TVET sector.
With a considerable talent pool of young artisans, Namibia is proud to join the global arena in celebrating that talent and over 100 000 people are expected to attend including 80 000 school children and 10 000 international visitors.