People with disabilities to undergo entrepreneurship training

13 Feb 2014 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 13 FEB (NAMPA) - Fourteen people living with various disabilities will undergo training in entrepreneurship through a capacity-building programme at the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN).
The programme, which was launched by the Deputy Minister of Health and Social Services Petrina Haingura on Thursday, falls under the PoN's Centre for Enterprise Development (CED).
Haingura commended the Polytechnic for partnering with the National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) in the initiative, saying through this programme, the PoN is ensuring that the real needs of persons with disabilities are being addressed.
“We know the Polytechnic is a reputable institution of higher learning which delivers quality education, and we look forward to continuing to work together to offer capacity-building opportunities to persons with disabilities, and to increase disability awareness and sensitivity across the board,” she noted.
The deputy minister added that the initiative will make a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities, while improving the quality of their lives and the lives of their families.
Haingura stressed that programmes such as this one require significant financial resources, and therefore appealed to the community to support these efforts so that more people could benefit in the future.
Although the Health Ministry is the lead ministry in disability issues, it is imperative that all government ministries and the private sector join hands in enabling people with disabilities to realise their dreams and secure their human rights.
“It is important that people with disabilities acquire or further develop entrepreneurship skills, which will enable them to enter the labour market and implement small business projects which will lead to them to being self-reliant and independent,” she continued.
Meanwhile, NDCN Deputy Director Tjiueza Tjombumbi said the council will engage various institutions such as the Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Bank, the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry to financially support the beneficiaries of this course.
Such financial support will enable them to eventually participate in economic activities, such as acquiring tenders and benefiting from Black Economic Empowerment initiatives.
The council contributed an amount of N.dollars 200 000 to the capacity-building programme, while the Embassy of the Republic of Venezuela availed N.dollars 40 000.
The capacity-building programme will focus on self-development, creativity and entrepreneurship, general business management, marketing management, practical financials, production management and record-keeping.
The eight-month programme is scheduled to commence during the last week of this month, and participants will receive certificates in business at the end of the programme.