20 Jun 2013 12:00
LUDERITZ, 20 JUN (NAMPA) ? The annual Karas regional career fair, which gives learners the opportunity to obtain information about different studying and career opportunities, started at Lüderitz in the Karas Region on Wednesday.
The career fair ends on Friday.
Gerson Garoeb of the Southern Star Cluster under which Lüderitz falls told Nampa on Thursday the fair provides a platform for students to interact and receive information on courses offered at institutions of higher learning such as the University of Namibia (Unam) and the Polytechnic of Namibia.
Students are also assisted with bursary applications and informed about which companies offer bursaries, amongst other things.
The career fair is taking place at the German Hostel Hall and is being attended by more than 500 Grade 10, 11 and 12 students from schools in Lüderitz, Karasburg, Keetmanshoop and Rosh Pinah.
Other educational institutions participating in the fair are Lingua College, the International University of Management (IUM) and the Namibia Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT).
This is the first time IUM and Lingua College participate in the fair.
Skorpion Zinc Mine, the Namibian Port Authority (Namport) and the Michelle McLean Children?s Trust are also present at the event.
Meanwhile, Lüderitz Constituency Councillor Jan Scholtz, whose office organised the event in conjunction with the regional education directorate, on Thursday said the next career exhibition will take place in Karasburg.
It was held in Keetmanshoop last year.
Scholtz said since the inception of the career fair 13 years ago, many students have been equipped with information which helped them decide what they want to do after completing Grade 12.
?It is indeed encouraging to see that our learners are motivated to attend career exhibitions. They are the gems of our society and they ought to be prepared for them to make the right career choices at an early age,? he said.
Scholtz further explained that this type of event provides parents with an ample opportunity to interact with their children and advise them accordingly; while also providing an opportunity for all actors in the education sector to act in unity.
?I urge other institutions to take part in the future career fairs. Education is the shared responsibility of all, therefore we must do what we can to ensure that our learners are well equipped,? he noted.