Namibians must move from being consumers to creators: Katrina

28 Sep 2016 20:30pm
WINDHOEK, 28 SEP (NAMPA) - Human resources (HR) practitioners must create and encourage workplace environments which are conducive for innovation, the education minister said on Wednesday.
Addressed HR practitioners at a two-day conference of the Institute of People Management (IPM) in the capital, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Minister Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said Namibians can no longer remain mere spectators in the development of their own country.
“We can no longer remain proud consumers of knowledge of great books written, of great ideas, of powerful initiatives and innovations; we must stand up and move from being mere consumers to creators so that the world can also learn from us,” she said.
The minister urged HR practitioners to assist the education sector by providing full scholarships to deserving students for both tertiary education and high school.
Hanse-Himarwa further called on them to open their doors to holiday jobs to “instil work ethics and a sense of discipline” in young people that will help them in future.
“Invest in career fairs so that we can educate our young ones about the careers available, not just the seemingly easy ones, but also the ones that the country need for its development, so that we ensure that we provide the skills that are desperately needed,” she stressed.
The annual IPM conference is aimed at fostering relationships and share ideas. It is in its sixth edition and is this year held under the theme ‘Championing a culture of Excellence’.
It ends Thursday.