Kandjii-Murangi: vocational training key to grow economy

21 Jul 2015 10:40am
OKAKU KAUMBI, 21 JUL (NAMPA) – The Higher Education, Training and Innovation Minister said technical and vocational training is the main driver for the growth of the national economy.
Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi said vocational training is also critical in assuring value-addition to the country’s natural resources.
She made these remarks at a community meeting at Oshikuku Constituency’s Okaku Kaumbi village in the Omusati Region, during her familiarisation visit on Saturday.
The minister said the improvement and expansion of vocational education in the country is a tool to ensure that each region has a skilled workforce and employment-creation capacity.
She therefore urged the Oshikuku Constituency community to contribute to development projects being carried out at the constituency, stressing that the development of the country is now in the hands of every Namibian.
“The development of our nation is in our hands – the development of our youth is in our education.” said Kandjii-Murangi, adding that teachers have a responsibility of moulding the youth intellectually and parents are expected to support the teachers by providing moral support, and discipline enforcement.
Speaking at the same meeting, Councillor Modestus Amutse of the Oshikuku Constituency complained that educated people often refrain from participating in community development activities.
Amutse charged that educated people stay away from community meetings, leaving it to senior citizens and children alone.
He noted that skilled and trained people, such as teachers, are the potential personnel to accelerate community development at constituency level.
“Even in leadership, they (educated people) are not there. We are struggling to overcome community development challenges with the help from ordinary community members only, because our local professionals are not with us to offer some advice.” Amutse said.
Kandjii-Murangi is the first minister to visit the Omwandinyangwe Centre where the meeting was held.
The rural community centre was in the past used by leaders of the Otshikwambi-speaking Namibians as a site to perform their traditional rituals.