COSDEC, Gender Ministry sign cooperation agreement

30 Aug 2015 10:50am
OUTAPI, 30 AUG (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare and Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC) have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at, amongst others, empowering community members with business management skills.
COSDEC Ondangwa manager Gabes Kanyakwa and the ministry’s acting Permanent Secretary, Martha Mbombo signed the agreement on behalf of their respective institutions at Outapi in the Omusati Region on Friday.
The training will be conducted by the COSDEC instructors at the Ministry of Gender Equality’s centres at Outapi and at Ongwediva.
Mbombo told Nampa in an interview the same day that the first intake for the training will start on Tuesday.
At this stage, training in food preparation, computer skills, financial literacy and tailoring will be provided, and the agreement allows for the expansion of the training modules.
“It will be a one-week training course per intake, but the trainees have another opportunity to attend refresher training course at the centre here after completing their practicals in the community,” she explained.
According to Mbombo, the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare has already spent some N.dollars 100 000 for the provision of tailoring machines at the Ministry’s Community Empowerment Centre (CEC) at Outapi.
On his part, Kanyakwa said 10 community members from each of the two centres have already been identified and are ready to join the training.
“This agreement is ours, and we will implement it fully,” said Loide Velishavo, who is the regional head of the MGECW’s CEC at Outapi.
It is a one-year cooperation agreement.