15 Sep 2017 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 15 SEP (NAMPA) - Close to 240 students graduated from Kayec Training Centre in the capital on Friday.
The students successfully completed six-month training courses in automotive mechanics, bricklaying and plastering, early childhood development and forklift operation, among others.
Speaking at the event, Kayec Trust Director, Nelson Prada said despite the large number of graduates, only 50 students will be registered for the Namibia Qualification Authority (NQA) and Namibia Training Authority (NTA) accreditation examinations taking place in October and November.
You will wonder why so few, but the biggest problem that we have is literacy, these guys are highly practical if you give them welding or something to manufacture they are very good at it. However, they can't express themselves, explained Prada.
He said the trust tried to solve the problem by giving the students English and Mathematics as supplementary subjects, but there was little improvement.
Prada noted that statistics from the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture suggests that there are about 3 000 youths in Namibia that are school drop outs, and the Namibia Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) and Kayec are the only institutions that can accommodate people who only have Grade 10 certificates or those with no formal education.
Recently graduated forklift operation student, Mara Isaaks, who is the only female student to graduate in the course, said she was motivated by the fact that not all women would take up such occupation even though they are able to.
I don't like office and administration jobs; I like what men are doing, that's why I did this course, said Isaaks.
During the same event, the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) donated four sewing machines to hearing impaired graduates of Kayec, as well as other type equipment to Kayec.
The donations are valued at close to N.dollars 120 000, according to TIKA Deputy Coordinator, Abdulkadir Abukan.
Kayec is a non-profit registered trust that enrols students from the age of 16 and out-of-school youth for vocational training.