09 Jul 2017 12:40pm
OKAKARARA, 09 JUL (NAMPA) - Former students and graduates of the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre (OVTC) on Saturday gathered here to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Nearly 300 parents, government officials and former students met to sing songs the centres choir used to sing, and noted that it played a major role in their lives and the economic development of Namibia.
Centre Manager, Penson Mootu said the OVTC was founded in 1977 by the late school principal, Jan Malan.
Mootu was a student at the school that year and graduated after three-years as an artisan with a certificate in joinery and carpentry.
The 57-year-old Mootu in 1989 was appointed acting centre manager of the OVTC and later appointed centre manager.
This school went through various transformations from the Bantu Education system to the modern one it is today, he noted adding former students should not be afraid to tell their stories of experiences at the school or centre.
Former student, Tutaleni Nande Muatunga who owns the Coastal Group of Companies in Walvis Bay, said he graduated as an electrician in 1987 and was happy to see old friends again.
This is a good feeling, a good reunion with my old friends and colleagues whom I saw so many years ago at a place we used to be naughty, Muatunga said.
The 52-year-old Muatunga explained that the OVTC made him a successful electrician and businessman, adding most of the successful businesspeople and Namibias best contractors that he knows of came from the OVTC.
I want to see this centre become another school where our children would voluntarily choose to learn from, not because they have dropped out of high school, he said.
Okakarara Constituency Councillor, Vetaruhe Kandorozu said whoever still perceives vocational training to be for high school dropouts, should think again.
He urged the centres leadership to continue working hard and train more Namibians with the practical skills so that they can build the country and its economy.
OVTC offers certificates in courses of bricklaying, plumbing and pipe fitting, hairdressing, fashion design, office administration, hospitality and tourism, auto mechanics, electrical, carpentry and joinery.
The school has 1 200 students this year and 70 officials, including centre manager.