22 Aug 2016 07:30am
RUNDU, 22 AUG (NAMPA) More than 100 learners have been empowered to stay in school and develop their skills thanks to a partnership between the First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) Foundation and the Katutura Youth Enterprise Centre (KAYEC) in Rundu.
The partnership has thus far assisted over 142 young people from the Kehemu settlement with after-school services to help them build the skills they need in order to succeed in life.
The after-school centre has since 2009 assisted Grade 10 learners to improve their examination results, amongst other services it offers.
From 2012 to 2014, the institution has seen a remarkable pass rate of 76 per cent in national Grade 10 examinations amongst learners it had assisted.
Through the FNB support, the KAYEC Rundu after-school programme achieved zero school dropouts this year, which is proof that with the right support, learners can avoid risks such as early pregnancy, FNB Manager for Corporate Communications, Vicky Muranda said in a statement issued to Nampa last week.
FNB in 2015 sponsored the initiative with an amount of N.dollars 415 000, to ensure that Rundu learners aged 12 to 18 continue receiving educational and personal support from their local KAYEC youth development centre.
Muranda explained that every weekday afternoon, two full-time KAYEC youth staff and a team of 15 skilled volunteers offer academic enrichment focusing on maths, English, accounting, sports, agriculture, culture, leadership training and discussion of relationships that build on what learners are taught in school.
This year, schools in Rundu such as the Noordgrens Secondary School, Andreas Kandjimi Primary School and Sauyemwa Combined School, invited KAYEC - who teamed up with social workers from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare - to facilitate life skills and arranged an outreach in Sauyemwa settlement for youth with drug problems there.
On her part, Corporate Social Investment Manager for the FNB Foundation Revonia Kavihere said FNB invested in KAYECs proven record to strengthen the life options of Rundu youth.
Since 2009, wonderful results have been achieved.
The FNB Foundation supports a number of pillars which include education and financial literacy, skills and capacity development, sport, art and culture, community and health development and of course environmental guardianship, she added.
All of these areas of support, she pointed out, are underpinned by the four Ps the banks strategy is based on - people, partnerships, the planet and profit.
Youth enterprise development and education and training are part of our presidents
Harambee Prosperity Plan and we support this plan to educate as many Namibians as possible so that they can become employees or employers, Kavihere stressed.