Artisanship, vocational training mean more employment: Venaani

13 Sep 2015 12:20pm
WINDHOEK, 13 SEP (NAMPA) – Poverty can only be addressed through artisanship, vocational training and reprioritising vocational training certificates so they can have value and allow people to access jobs.
DTA of Namibia president and Member of Parliament, McHenry Venaani made this call during the opening of the DTA Youth League (DTAYL) congress here on Saturday.
Venaani said while political leaders are quick to call on the youth to realise their potential and ripen the country’s development agenda, the youth have largely been left to their own devices in this endeavour.
He said the education system has failed the country and remains nothing more than a pipe dream for the majority of those exiting secondary education.
Venaani said the DTA wants to advise President Hage Geingob, who has been holding consultations around the country on poverty that “you cannot fight and push back the frontiers of poverty if you do not create artisanship for people to do things with their hands”.
“You cannot push the frontiers of poverty if you do not create employment for our people,” the DTA president said.
He further noted that the DTA’s suggestion for the fight against poverty is to lend more emphasis to vocational training.
Venaani said the party has observed government buildings across the country lying idle. These should be used to establish massive vocational training centres so that Namibians who are trained in areas like plumbing and electricity can have access to tenders within their communities as opposed to awarding them to people from outside the country such as the Chinese, he said.
Venaani further stated that some Namibians cannot find employment because they lack the necessary training for them to be able to do work with their hands.
“One thing that is failing vocational training is that when you get a certificate from the Katutura Youth Enterprise Centre (KAYEC) or a vocational training centre elsewhere in this country, it is not as valued as a diploma from the Polytechnic of Namibia,” he added.
He referred to Germany as being the largest European economy which was built on the foundation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), artisanship and apprenticeship, saying it is a thriving economy, as is Japan, because people can work with their hands.
“What we need to do in our vocational training is to ensure that priority is given to vocational training so that we ensure that a certificate from vocational training has value in the job market,” he said.
Venaani also stressed that if this is not done, more and more Namibians will languish in poverty.
He re-emphasised that the need for strong vocational training is critical because there is a need to develop knowledge and skills in infrastructure development in all corners of the country.