21 Jul 2015 10:30am
OTJIWARONGO, 21 JUL (NAMPA) The University Centre for Studies in Namibia (Tucsin) says it will open a vocational training centre at Tsumkwe in the Otjozondjupa Region soon.
The founder of Tucsin, Dr Beatrice Sandelowsky told Nampa in an interview on Monday that Tucsin and the San community in Tsumkwe East in 2014 agreed that a vocational training centre would be started there.
Tsumkwe is situated over 260 kilometres east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.
Sandelowsky said the idea to establish the Tsumkwe Tucsin Vocational Centre started in 2014 with a purpose to develop the practical skills of Tsumkwe inhabitants.
The courses in hospitality, tour guide training and construction work will be considered for the start of the institution, she said.
Tucsin, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) best known for preparing Grade 12 learners for their higher academic training needs, was founded in 1978.
Sandelowsky said the centre is also committed to promoting research fields which are related to the socio-economic upliftment of Namibians.
She indicated that Tucsin recently purchased the Tsumkwe Country Lodge at approximately N.dollars 1, 5 million for it to be transformed into a vocational training centre.
However, the tourism activities at the lodge will continue to operate under Tucsin for the promotion of the industry in the area, she said.
The centre already started training students at the Tsumkwe Country Lodge at the beginning of the year.
The students at the moment are very few, but the number is expected to increase in future with at least 50 trainees per intake.
Sandelowsky said for now, no critical requirements are needed for a student to qualify for the registration, adding that only adults with a keen interest in the construction, tourism and other hospitality related fields will be considered for the next few years.
She did not say how much students would be charged for registration and tuition.
Tucsin in the past assisted the Tsumkwe East San community to start up the Nyae Nyae Conservancy and Community Development Foundation, Sandelowsky said.