'Children of the Liberation Struggle' dispatched for training

24 Oct 2016 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 24 OCT (NAMPA) – Government has dispatched 251 ‘Children of the Liberation Struggle’ to Simon Mutumba Police Training Centre in the Zambezi Region to undergo training for a period of six months.
Dispatched on Thursday, the group was sent through the Committees established to coordinate their training.
The Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Office of the Prime Minister, Nangula Mbako said in a media statement issued to Nampa on Sunday that the first two months will focus on civic training and the remaining four will be on vocational training.
The 251 Children of the Liberation Struggle hail from Erongo, Hardap, ||Kharas, Kavango East, Khomas, Kunene, Ohangwena, Omaheke, Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa and Zambezi regions.
She explained this is the second group to go for training in addition to 260 being trained at Berg Aukas in technical and vocational areas such as motor mechanics, plumbing, welding, building and construction, electrical installation and electronics.
Mbako said this is “In order to make them employable as well as to employ themselves and fully participate in the economy of the country”.
Fifty-four Children of the Liberation Struggle are also undergoing training at the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) in Arandis.
Mbako stressed that the Committee is still in the process of identifying more suitable training centres for the remaining Children of the Liberation Struggle.
“Government is therefore appealing to those who have not yet accepted the government's offer to seize the opportunity which is being implemented to solve their plight,” Mbako said.
The PS indicated that the initiative to assist the Children of the Liberation Struggle is not the only programme addressing the youth skill development in the country.
She said this is a specific Cabinet directive designed to address the plight of these ‘children’ in addition to the entire spectrum of other youth programmes in the country.
Government has multi-faceted programmes to develop the youth of Namibia and equip them with relevant knowledge and skills though the vocational training centres up to institutions of higher learning such as the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the National University of Science and Technology (NUST).