Oshana Youth Forum wants more vocational training centres

12 May 2015 08:00am
OSHAKATI, 12 MAY (NAMPA) – The Oshana Regional Youth Forum has called for the establishment of more vocational training centres around the country so that more young people can be trained.
Chairperson of the Oshana Regional Youth Forum, Efraim Nekongo made the call on behalf of his forum whilst addressing members of the media at Oshakati on Monday.
Nekongo noted that the existing vocational training centres are unable to absorb many of the youngsters who are in need of vocational education.
“Vocational training centres such as the Valombola Vocational Training Centre at Ongwediva should be able to accommodate at least 1 000 students per annum,” he said.
He indicated that members of the Oshana Regional Youth Forum raised concern over the shortage of vocational training centres in Namibia during their National Youth Week celebration at Oshaandja village in the Oshakati West Constituency on 1 and 2 May.
The forum believes unemployment would be reduced in the country if more young people are given vocational education as they would be empowered to contribute to the development of the country.
Nekongo at the same time announced that members of his forum are engaged in various agricultural projects around the region.
The members are involved in projects in the Okatyali, Okatana, Ompundja and Okaku constituencies.
“We want the authorities, such as the regional council, to provide us with equipment and mentoring programmes for us to be able to work hard and produce. Money is not what we necessarily in need of,” Nekongo explained.
He further stated that 150 young people from all over the Oshana Region participated in the celebrations of the National Youth Week at Oshaandja village.
Constituency youth forums, the Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL), Namibia National Students’ Organisation (NANSO), Young People with Disabilities and Young Women’s Organisations are the only youth organisations currently affiliated to the Oshana Regional Youth Forum.