09 Oct 2014 10:30am
RUNDU, 09 OCT (NAMPA) - The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Namibia on Wednesday handed over seven Community Skills Development Centres (COSDECs) at Rundu.
MCA-Namibia availed N.dollars 154 million for the renovation of four COSDECs in Ondangwa, Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo and Opuwo, and the construction of new centres in Rundu, Gobabis and Swakopmund, as well as the construction of an arts and crafts centre in Swakopmund.
MCA-Namibia Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Penny Akwenye said during the handing-over ceremony that MCA-Namibias investment in the vocational and skills sectors is aimed at increasing access to high-quality training to provide industries needs.
She said all the centres have new computer training facilities, industry-related machines, power tools and hand-tools to ensure full Namibia Training Authority (NTA) accreditation of high-priority skills areas.
Four of the centres have dedicated small and medium enterprise (SME) facilities with incubation units, a resource centre and a workshop for large projects or production units.
The construction and renovation of purpose-built training centres for COSDEC represent a turning point in the COSDEC vision, where the centres become the nationally consistent chain stores of vocational training for school-leavers and the community at large, the MCA-Namibia CEO stated.
Defence Minister Nahas Angula, who officially handed over the centres, commended the government and people of the United States of America (USA) for investing in skilling out-of-school and unemployed youth.
Angula, who is also the chairperson of Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) Board of Trustees, stated that the renovation and construction of new centres and the supply of state-of-the-art training equipment clearly demonstrated the solidarity of the people of the USA with the youth in Namibia.
MCA-Namibia must be commended for its efficacy and effectiveness in the administration of the MCA-Namibia programmes.
The foundation is grateful to you all, said the minister.
He indicated that the thinking behind the establishment of community skills development centres was to create possibilities for the unemployed youth to be skilled so that they could provide goods and services to their communities.
He then appealed to the private sector to adopt a COSDEC as part of their social responsibilities, stressing that COSDEF is not an organisation for gain but its goal is to contribute to the notion of citizen to citizen solidarity.
The compact between the Namibian government and the USA government entered into force on 16 September 2009, creating the MCA-Namibia, with the express aim of reducing poverty through economic growth.
Three priority areas were selected by the Namibian government for assistance through MCA-Namibia, namely education, tourism and agriculture.