27 Jun 2015 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) - The Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN), Women's Action for Development (WAD) and LifeLine/Childline Namibia organisations signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) here on Friday.
The agreement seeks to strengthen ties between the three institutions, especially in providing Polytechnic students internship to the two organisations.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, PoN Vice-Rector: Academic Affairs and Research, Andrew Niikondo said the MoA is an extra effort to practically involve students in activities geared towards solving issues of gender-based violence and child abuse in Namibia.
I am pleased to note that our students who will be attached to Lifeline/Childline, as well as WAD will learn how to maintain confidentiality and how to deal with traumatised people whose rights were violated, he said.
Niikondo added that the students will also have access to emotional maturity opportunities and support, as well as to acquire knowledge on how to deal with abuse prevention and mitigation to the Namibian child.
Speaking at the same occasion, WAD Executive Director, Salatiel Shinedima said the agreement will cement their long-term relationship with the PoN and mould the basis of their interaction in the future.
Internship programmes afford students an opportunity to develop marketable on-the-job skills, which are transferable to future jobs, and it also affords them good opportunities to improve their interpersonal skills, he said.
Shinedima said their partnership will provide students with appropriate skills that will enable them to become valuable assets to their future employers.
We believe that when equipped with appropriate practical skills, students will be able to make valuable contributions to the socio-economic development of our country, he said.
Shinedima said because of lack of experience in students, employers are reluctant to employ inexperienced people because that requires them to invest more on training and upgrading the skills of such people, noting that it is then difficult for graduates who do not have some form of practical knowledge to get employed.
This state of affairs puts graduates in a hopeless position, because many of the available job opportunities are recycled amongst the experienced, he said.
Shinedima appealed to the private and public institutions, especially Government ministries, offices and agencies to incorporate internship programmes in their annual work plans and activities.
On her part, Lifeline/Childline National Director Anna Matebele expressed gratitude for the signing of the MoA, noting that it gives them pleasure to continue according opportunities to the Polytechnic students.