06 Mar 2016 17:50pm
OTJINENE, 06 MAR (NAMPA) - The Special Advisor to the Omaheke Regional Governor has called on the region's youth and school leavers to make use of every opportunity that comes their way to upgrade their skills.
Pijoo Nganate said a skills deficit, binge drinking - especially by the youth - and a lack of maximisation of available training opportunities by the youth have led to the region being one of the least developed.
Nganate was speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new Vocational Training Centre (VTC) here on Saturday.
The special advisor, who was standing in for Governor Festus Ueitele, said despite having the smallest population, the Omaheke Region is continuously plagued by various challenges.
A high percentage of illiteracy, unemployment and rising poverty levels are some of the challenges facing the region.
Nganate noted that these challenges are in spite of the region being known as cattle country and contributing the highest quota of beef for exports to international markets.
The challenges we have in Omaheke can only be overturned by education and skills training of our young people. We have to create a society where dreams can come true - a society where every child can grow and become anything they want to be, he noted. Nganate said the envisaged centre will address some of these challenges, and urged the youth to fully support the institution once it becomes operational.
Make use of the opportunity provided by this centre to upgrade your skills so that you become employable or provide skills to others, he said.
The VTC is an initiative of the newly launched Kavitundema Trust (KASVET), the brainchild of University of Namibia academic Dr Olga Kamoruao.
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.