18 Apr 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 18 APR (NAMPA) A Student Entrepreneurship Programme (SEP) was launched here on Wednesday for students at tertiary institutions with business ideas.
The programme, launched by the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, serves to expose students to venture into capital opportunities, deepen understanding of business ventures and start-ups, among others.
It will facilitate the transition of student entrepreneurs to business owners upon graduation.
The launch coincided with the opening of a two-day conference on student entrepreneurship.
Speaking at the launch, line Minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi said governments around the globe are looking at developing diverse skills to accelerate economic growth, where competitiveness thrives and innovation and creativity drive new ways to improve socio-economic well-being of citizens.
She said the Namibian government is no exception in that regard.
Kandjii-Murangi further outlined the expectations and goals of Namibia in the Vision 2030 national development plan and Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), which serve as impetus for developing focused and hastened programmes and strategies for skills development, job creation, poverty eradication, and nation building.
These should inspire both our tertiary institutions and industry to produce entrepreneurial, balanced and diverse graduates who are keen to participate in the economy as employers and employees, said the minister.
The programme includes various entrepreneurial conferences for students to communicate their challenges, establish partnerships with local industries and countries with advanced levels of entrepreneurship through memoranda of understanding in areas of co-operation, training and entrepreneurial development.
In addition, regional and national entrepreneurial awards will be given to motivate prospective entrepreneurs.
Apart from students, the workshop is also attended by different captains of industry, other entrepreneurs and motivational speakers from different parts of the world.
Speaking at the same occasion, First Lady Monica Geingos encouraged students to study hard and obtain their qualifications.
Do not give up your education, finish and have a qualification to hold on to for the rest of your lives, said Geingos.
She advised them to accept failure and learn from it.