01 Oct 2014 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 OCT (NAMPA) The National Youth Service (NYS) and the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) of South Africa on Tuesday launched a youth exchange programme.
The plan is to train the youth of both countries in different developmental disciplines.
Speaking during the launch in the capital, NYS Commissioner Onesmus Upindi said the training follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the two governments in Pretoria, South Africa on 28 November 2013 to exchange information on youth development.
The agreement also aims to build capacity concerning the National Youth Service programmes; leadership development of the youth; promotion of exchange visits for purposes of learning and skills transfer; and sharing of best practices in the area of youth development.
I am pleased to inform you that the youth exchange programme commenced in March this year, and resulted in 20 youth from the NYS serving six months in SA, he said.
Upindi added that the Namibian youth trainees underwent skills training and youth development as part of the first phase of the programme, after which they were deployed to render youth development services to young people in various provinces in SA.
The second phase of the exchange programme will commence on 01 October 2014 in Namibia.
During this phase about 40 Namibian and South African young people will be deployed across Namibia to carry out voluntary work at various health facilities under the Ministry of Health and Social Services and at community fish farms under the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources for a period of three months.
The commissioner said the South African youth will be given an opportunity to undergo vocational training for another three months before they return home in April 2015.
Upindi stressed that the Namibian youth will proceed to the NYS Rietfontein Training Centre in the Otjozondjupa Region to commence with their last phase of the NYS training programme, which is skills training.
He called on youth to carry out their voluntary service with diligence and serve the communities with humbleness and loving hearts.
Be a blessing to the communities that you are going to serve and not a menace. Go out there and make NYS and NYDA proud institutions and institutions of choice for youth development in the two countries, said Upindi.