US Embassy to increase participation in Nam career fairs

13 Sep 2017 14:20pm
SWAKOPMUND, 13 SEP (NAMPA) – Swakopmund learners are pleased at the chance to get information on study opportunities offered in the United States of America (USA).
This was made possible by the US Embassy in Namibia in its first participation in the two-day annual Erongo Career Fair underway here.
The stall run by the embassy’s Public Affairs Section provides booklets and general information on fellowships, scholarships and exchange programmes, such as the Namibia Fulbright Junior Staff Development; Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, and Mandela Washington Fellowship programmes.
Grade 10 learners of the Atlantic Junior Secondary School in Swakopmund said the information is new and enlightening.
“This is the first time I am hearing these opportunities, and I now have choices to choose from regarding my further studies,” Beata Kapangelwa told Nampa at the fair on Tuesday.
Kapangelwa said the information encouraged her to pursue an engineering qualification in Washington, USA.
Rebecca Naobes said it is motivating to learn about new opportunities.
“These events are helpful to us especially those who do not have enough knowledge on how and where to apply,” said Naobes.
Pinias Oscar, the educational advisor at the embassy, said it was necessary to bring information to learners at the coast.
This is in addition to the monthly outreach programmes they conduct in the capital, he said.
“A lot of learners really find the information useful; there is so much interest and this means we need to participate more in career fairs here and reach out to as many schools as possible,” said Oscar.
He said last year they only visited the Swakopmund Senior Secondary School, and yet there was a clear need for them to visit more schools in Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
The event is hosted by the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture with support from the Namibian Uranium Association, Swakopmund Municipality and other partners.
More than 1 000 Grade 10, 11 and 12 learners, out of school youth and parents attended the fair, where 30 exhibitors are giving information on career opportunities.