22 Jul 2014 16:50pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) - The Namibia Training Authority (NTA) and Peace Corps Namibia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at equipping vocational training centres (VTCs) trainees with entrepreneurial skills on Monday.
Signing on behalf of the NTA here, its acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ester Anna Nghipondoka explained that the MoU will prepare and empower trainees to start and grow their own businesses upon completion of their training.
The MoU makes provision for Peace Corps volunteers to be assigned for a period of 24 months to the Eenhana VTC, Nakayale VTC at Outapi, Rundu VTC, Okakarara VTC, Valombola VTC at Ongwediva and the Zambezi VTC at Katima Mulilo, effective from 25 September this year.
It will also see the NTA providing volunteers during the orientation of the project and its activities as well as provide housing to Peace Corps volunteers in line with pre-agreed standards and requirements.
It further makes provision for the supervision of Peace Corps volunteers to be shared by the CEO of the NTA and the Peace Corps Namibia Country Director.
Nghipondoka said entrepreneurial skills are used widely - from planning life at home and in society to increasing knowledge and grasping business concepts.
Entrepreneurship is a key driver of any economy, and our Namibian economy is no exception, she noted.
She stressed that the assignment of the Peace Corps volunteers does not fall far away from the objectives of the entrepreneurship development concept that the NTA has crafted, and which is aimed at the development of entrepreneurial skills in Vocational Education Training (VET) graduates in areas such as business planning and development, tendering and financial literacy.
Other areas include management and project management, product development and marketing and promotion.
The NTA CEO furthermore announced that the NTA will soon stage groundbreaking ceremonies for the expansion of the Rundu Vocational Training Centre, the Eenhana Vocational Training Centre and the construction of a new VTC at Gobabis in the Omaheke Region.
On his part, the Director of the Namibia Peace Corps, Daniel Rooney said since shortly after independence in 1990, the Peace Corps have been helping Namibia to meet its needs for trained men and women, initially starting with teaching.
It subsequently expanded into public health, and most recently providing support to small enterprises development and youth entrepreneurship promotion.
He added that since 1990, over 1 500 Americans from different backgrounds have dedicated two years of their lives to the betterment of Namibia.
Of all 1 500 volunteers, no one has done so alone. It has always been in collaboration with our Namibian colleagues. The document signed today represents the expansion of our relationship, and another chapter in our collaboration, he explained.
Another group of volunteers is currently en route to Namibia, with 32 teachers and 17 small enterprises development volunteers arriving on Wednesday.
They will be posted to sites throughout the country, including six volunteers hosted by the NTA, after completing nine weeks of training.
The six volunteers will be hosted by the NTA at the Valombola, Nakayale, Eenhana, Rundu, Zambezi and Okakarara VTCs.