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Donations allow for hands-on training

Wed, 28 November 2012 17:07
by Jemima Beukes

Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) rector, Tjama Tjivikua has commended Namibian private businesses for investing in higher education, which gives his institution the opportunity to effectively equip future generations.
Tjivikua made these remarks today when local businessman, Jan Steenkamp, owner of aiXaro handed over a donation to the institution for the information technology (IT) and engineering faculties.
According to Tjivikua, such donations afford the PoN the opportunity to offer students hands-on training, which is more expensive than theoretical.
“This hands-on approach gives Polytechnic graduates a competitive advantage. As a result, they are well-received in the market,” Tjivikua stated.
Becoming the biggest business exporter in the country will not be possible if the industry does not find people who can fill the shoes of its main drivers, said Steenkamp.
“We need to educate people to fill our positions but we could not find people to fill our shoes. So the best choice is to contribute to the quality education of these students to make them suitable for the industry,” Steenkamp added.
Steenkamp donated computer technology equipment and components valued at over N$60 000, including a photocopier and a fax machine.