01 Aug 2013 09:50
WINDHOEK, 01 AUG (NAMPA) - Fourteen young people on Thursday graduated from a musical training programme conducted by the Ndilimani Cultural Troupe.
The youth, who are National Youth Service (NYS) trainees, attended the pilot project on a full-time basis for one year.
The programme started on 01 June 2012, and ended at the end of May this year, funded by the NYS.
The 14 trainees are now well-versed in the basics of music, musical instruments, dance and stage performance as well as the use of technical equipment.
In a speech read on his behalf by his personal assistant Mika Asino at the graduation ceremony in the capital, Minister of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture Jerry Ekandjo said a nation which does not excel in arts stands to remain a doomed nation of non-performance in a broad area of human endeavours.
He said the initiative taken by the NYS and Ndilimani to engage the youth in musical training is an innovative undertaking, which deserves accolades.
We are witnessing Namibian youth graduating from musical training carried out by Ndilimani today, which I am sure is no longer being considered to be a pilot project but a permanent feature for the training of Namibian young people in music through the NYS, Ekandjo noted.
On the other hand, he said, the NYS has been impressive in its endeavours to fulfil its mandate as a training institution of young people in different productive areas.
I am happy to note that the NYS has identified Ndilimani as its partner to carry out its music project. Their partnership was bound to succeed, as both institutions share common goals and aspire to develop Namibia, he added.
Ekandjo then encouraged Ndilimani and the NYS to intensify their training by recruiting more young people for the programme, and by also offering advanced training.
He gave his assurance that the ministry will continue to support initiatives in the area of the training of youth in relevant fields which will enable them to live productive, fruitful and active lives.
The minister also encouraged the graduates to make use of the skills they have now gained through the programme.