23 Oct 2014 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 23 OCT (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba and the Republic of Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso jointly inaugurated the Loudima Institute for Technical and Vocational Training (LITVT) on Wednesday.
The Loudima Institute for Technical and Vocational Training is a joint project of the two governments, established with the aim to create a cadre of graduates with competencies and skills in line with national and international standards in order to meet the demands of industry locally and internationally.
A media statement issued by the Public Relations Officer in the Ministry of Education, (MoE) Johanna Absalom here on Thursday said the development and rehabilitation of the institute springs from an agreement signed between the two governments.
The Loudima Institute will offer two integrated streams.
One stream will focus on academic subjects, while the other will focus on practical skills tailor-made to the needs of the Congolese and Namibian societies.
Students will be enrolled for a three-year senior secondary Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) course, which will lead to an Advanced Level (A Level) qualification(Vocational A level/ Technological A level).
Students will then choose either to enter the job market, or further their studies at institutions of higher learning.
During the first academic year, the focus will be on generic subjects which will include languages, social sciences, natural sciences and commerce subjects, Absalom said, adding that those who wish to follow the practical TVET stream will begin with specialization in Year One, and will have a strong industry attachment component.
LITVT will be a bilingual school, and therefore training will be offered in both English and French.
According to the MoE PRO, the revamped Loudima Institute for Technical and Vocational Training shelters 79 rehabilitated buildings, and 23 new buildings - making up a total of 99 buildings.
The state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure include, amongst others, boarding facilities, staff accommodation, clinic, classrooms, flora warehouse, teaching and training infrastructure (workshops and laboratories), sewerage system, administrative facilities, bakery, library, guesthouse as well as a farming area for poultry and animal husbandry.
In July 2007, the Governments of the Republic of Namibia and the Republic of Congo signed an agreement for the creation of the Loudima Institute for Technical and Vocational Training after a decision by the two Heads of States of the two countries to perpetuate the historical relations of the former Loudima Technical Secondary School site under the South West Africa Peoples Organisation (SWAPO), and to develop multi-faceted cooperation, mutually-beneficial to the two States.
The agreement included, inter alia, the rehabilitation of the old site, which had been used as a training centre of the scientific, technological and professional elite of SWAPO.
Congos Minister of Technical, Professional Education, Vocational Training and Employment and Namibias Minister of Education at the time signed the agreement on behalf of the two respective governments.
The Institute is located near the Kitaka village in Loudima, some 18 kilometres from the urban community along the Niari River, and was initially used as a field to cultivate potatoes by Marcel Caisso from 1956 to 1978.