26 May 2015 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 26 MAY (NAMPA) - About 36 education and Government institutions are showcasing their services during the Sanlam Namibia Investment Career Expo that commenced here on Tuesday.
The three-day expo, which is the seventh career expo since 2009, is underway at the NamPower Convention Centre in the capital.
Speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Project Co-ordinator for Namibia Careers Expo, Helena Ngaifiwa said the main purpose of the expo is to give an opportunity to institutions of higher learning and other training institutions to showcase career and study opportunities to Namibian learners.
Exhibitors from institutions of higher education in Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Malaysia are present.
Ngaifiwa said the organisers of the expo, with the assistance of the City of Windhoek (CoW), have organised transport for learners from all Government schools to take part in this education initiative.
We are transporting learners to and from their schools using the CoW buses. Each school is given two hours to find information and engage with the exhibitors on their career interests, she said.
One of the exhibitors, Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA)s Manager for Marketing and Communications Catherine Shipushu, said the main purpose of their participation is to help young people make the right career decisions.
We want to assist them to make informed decisions. Most people do not know about the NQA and what we do, specifically when it is comes to quality assurance, she said.
Shipushu noted that many people make wrong decisions and waste their money and time on the courses and institutions that are not NQA accredited.
It is the first time the NQA takes part in the expo, but the institution is committed to participate in these types of exhibitions throughout the country, she said.
Another exhibitor, Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)'s Regional Voter Education Officer for Khomas Region Finelda Gaingos, said they are aiming to give civic education and encourage learners to participate in the upcoming Local Authority Elections of municipalities, town councils and village councils later this year.
The date for the Local Authority Elections is not yet set.
We are also creating awareness for them to know that they can have a career in the ECN, such as polling officials, registration officials and planning officers among others, she said.
Gaingos added that they will also remind the public on how to use the electronic voting machines and their effectiveness.
The expo ends Thursday.