Germany's engagement in NAM education sector bearing fruit

13 Nov 2013 17:40pm
WINDHOEK 12 NOV (NAMPA) – The German Embassy here says their ‘Promotion of Vocational Education and Training’ (ProVET) programme is responding well to the Namibian Government’s strategy of addressing skills development through the Namibia Training Authority (NTA).
The ProVET programme was officially launched by Education Minister Dr David Namwandi and Germany’s Ambassador to Namibia Onno Hückmann earlier this year.
Dr. Romeo Bertolini, counselor for Development Cooperation at the German Embassy, on Tuesday told a media briefing that the programme contributes to further improving the quality of training provision, as well as developing the capacity of public and private training providers.
“Through the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German Government provides advisory and capacity-building services for vocational education and training in cooperation with its two main partners, the NTA and the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF),” he pointed out.
The NTA is also assisted in developing better intelligence on the labour market and improving dialogue with industry stakeholders.
“A major focus of the programme is on developing short term VET in agriculture, which is currently non-existent. A positive cooperation with the MAWF, small-scale and large-scale commercial farmers and a number of public and private training providers has laid the groundwork for skills provision in agriculture. ProVET also works on improving training provisions in the roads construction industry,” Bertolini added.
ProVET works on improving and expanding training initiatives in the priority areas of the Namibian-German development co-operation.
These priority areas include natural resources management, transport and economic development.
The programme is also meant to work towards overcoming social inequalities, promoting economic growth and creating job opportunities by exploiting synergies with other German development cooperation programmes.