09 Aug 2013 07:10
MARIENTAL, 09 AUG (NAMPA) More than 100 students graduated during the Womens Action for Development (WAD) Field Day held at Mariental on Thursday.
The 130 students received training from WAD trainers in different disciplines there over the past few months. The training amongst others included courses in computer literacy, office administration, hospitality and tailoring. A total of 40 community members and police officers from the town also received training in the gender-related law and aspects of the Namibian Constitution.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, WADs Executive Director Veronica de Klerk said she is very proud of all the graduates.
I am equally pleased that a total of 40 community members and police officers from this town received training in the contents of gender-related laws and aspects of the Namibian Constitution in order for them to know their rights within those laws, she said.
De Klerk said she is very proud of the young man, Kennedy Jantze, who was named the Best achiever in Computer Literacy and Office Administration.
Bearing in mind that WAD firmly believes in public-private partnerships, I respectfully appeal to the Honourable Governor and the Hardap Regional Council, as well as the mayor of this town and the Municipality of Mariental, to kindly take the lead in encouraging the students to go to the next level, and to connect them to public and private institutions within the region or in the capital, for in-service training. This will give the graduands a welcome boost and head-start in their respective careers, she indicated.
A cultural competition also took place during the graduation ceremony, in which two groups took part.
The aim of the competition is to enhance love and respect for our cultural heritage, De Klerk stated.
The Tobias Hainyeko Cultural Group walked away with the first prize (a trophy), while the second trophy went to the Kai-Ganaxab Cultural Group.
Also speaking at the graduation ceremony was the Director of Health in the Hardap Region, Pumwe Katjiuandjo, who said the graduation ceremony should be regarded as history and an achievement by WAD.
He urged parents to support the youth as they are faced with many challenges, and to take the responsibility to educate and shape the future of the future leaders.
WAD, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has been operational in Namibia since 1994. It is a self-help organisation which follows a two-pronged programme, namely the socio-economic and socio-political empowerment of rural women and men.
The organisation, which has mainly been sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung since its establishment 18 years back, is operational in all 13 regions of the country.