05 Jul 2017 15:00pm
OTJIWARONGO, 05 JUL (NAMPA) - Twenty trainees in solar installation, maintenance and use of green energy technology on Wednesday graduated as artisans in Otjiwarongo.
The graduates received training in solar energy from the Young Africa Namibia Training Institution, situated at the former Clay House offices behind the Orwetoveni Municipality complex.
The Finnish Government through its Embassy in Namibia funded the courses.
Finnish Ambassador to Namibia, Anne Saloranta handed over the certificates to the graduates.
Saloranta also officially opened a green building fitted with 12 solar panels that were installed by the students during their training.
The green building was built with waste materials such as old tyres, old oil drums used for roofing, glasses and wood amongst others.
Speaking at the event, Young Africa International Director Dorien Beurskens told the graduates (17 men and three women) to go out in the world and use the skills they had acquired during the five-month training.
Beurskens said the students were taught to work with their hands by installing and maintaining solar panels and systems.
They were also taught a skill in entrepreneurship and how to communicate effectively, as well as how to apply a sense of purpose, said Beurskens.
The combination of these skills makes you perfect citizens, able to contribute to the economy with your own hands, she said.
Beurskens expects the graduates to create jobs for themselves and employ other young people.
She said they had ample opportunity to practically learn, acquire skills and work in the field to apply what they were taught inside the classroom.
One of the course facilitators at the Otjiwarongo Young Africa centre, Dirk Bellens told Nampa in an interview last week Friday that he gives intensive practical training to students, most of whom did not complete their Grade 12.
The next intake at the centre starts middle of July this year.
Students are expected to pay a N.dollars 3 500 registration fee, which includes costs for materials, said Bellens.