06 Mar 2016 15:00pm
OTJINENE, 06 MAR (NAMPA) - Otjinene will soon have a Vocational Training Centre (VTC) that will offer various technical and skills training to hundreds of school leavers here.
A ground-breaking ceremony for the centre was on Saturday held at the construction site, paving the way for construction activities to officially commence.
The centre will be constructed at the venue previously intended for a private accommodation business, less than three kilometres (km) north of Otjinene.
The VTC is the brainchild of University of Namibia (UNAM) academic, Dr. Olga Kamoruao.
She told Nampa on Saturday she decided to open the centre as a means of providing an alternative source of education to hordes of school leavers not absorbed by the mainstream educational institutions.
The centre's groundbreaking ceremony also coincided with the launch of the Kavitundema Trust (KASVET), which is the initiator of the envisaged VTC.
Kamoruao told those in attendance that she decided to have the VTC stationed at Otjinene in the Omaheke Region despite the fact that she is originally from the Otjozondjupa Region.
She noted that Otjinene has a historical significance, especially in the Ovaherero people's fight to keep their land during the colonial era.
Otjinene is not well promoted in terms of its historical significance. Being a survivor of history, the same history that annihilated thousands of my people, I deemed it fit to have the VTC located here, she said.
Although unable to say exactly when the centre will become operational, Kamoruao gave her assurance that all is in place to allow for the smooth running of the construction phase of the project.
It may not be today, and I may not even live to see that day, but mark my words; this centre will become a reality before you realise, said Kamoruao.
The site where the centre will be constructed was intended for a lodge and belonged to former cabinet minister, Ngarikutuke Tjiriange, who in turn handed over the land and some partly constructed buildings to KASVET.
The trustees of KASVET are Swanu president Usutuaije Maamberua, Bob Kandetu, Anton von Wietersheim, Ida Hoffman and Anna Enkala Kanana.
Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi is the patron of the trust.
Regional and local authority councillors, principals, teachers and learners are among those that attended the event.