16 Jul 2017 15:40pm
OMARURU, 16 JUL (NAMPA) - The Erongo Youth Forum hosted its third Erongo Regional Youth Career Exhibition in Omaruru on Friday.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah at the event called on the youth to empower themselves with information on career options before leaving school.
Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is also the patron of the exhibition, said such exhibitions provide young people with information on which professions to pursue by exposing them to professionals in the areas of interest and can lead to employment and internship opportunities through networking.
If you dont achieve your dream career, at least come close to it. While in school, I always said I wanted to be a pilot. In the end, I am not a pilot, but I fly more hours than many pilots, she said.
Addressing hundreds of Grade 12 students from SI !Gobs, Usakos, Da Palm and Martin Luther secondary schools as well as community members, Nandi-Ndaitwah challenged the youth to take advantage of opportunities Government and the African Union (AU) provide.
She said the Youth Credit Scheme by the National Youth Council, various programmes offered by vocational training centres and the recently established AU youth fund which will receive one per cent of the AU budget, are some of the opportunities available for youth empowerment.
We are to grow the economy and become an industrial country, therefore the empowerment of both boys and girls is critical, Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
The Erongo Regional Youth Career Exhibition was first hosted by Omaruru in 2015 and by Usakos last year. It is expected to be hosted by the coastal towns in the coming years, according to Erongo Regional Youth Forum coordinator Ernst Weather.
Omaruru Constituency youth forum chairperson Serron Nghoshi told Nampa after the event that with adequate support, similar events could be hosted in all regions.