Youth ministry to standardise curriculum for youth development centres

19 Feb 2018 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 19 FEB (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service is in the process of standardising the curriculum of multi-purpose youth resource centres and youth development skills training centres across the country.
“We agree that we need to reform our curriculum for skills training at all youth development centres,” the ministry’s Director of Youth Development, Inaani Kahikuata said in response to questions during a public hearing by the National Council Standing Committee on Gender, Youth and Information, Communication and Technology here on Monday.
The hearing was aimed at getting responses from the ministry on the committee’s recommendations availed to them in August 2017, after the committee’s oversight visit to the multi-purpose youth resource and training centres.
The curriculum has until now been tailored according to the needs of the respective regions. The multi-purpose youth resource centres typically offer classes in computer training and tailoring, while the skills centres’ training focuses on more technical trades such as bricklaying, joinery and welding.
Answering a question by the committee’s chairperson, Ambrosius Kandjii on what action the ministry has taken with regards to standardising the curriculum, Kahikuata said they have drafted a Memorandum of Understanding to be signed with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture and Namibia Training Authority.
It has been forwarded to the Attorney General for legal consideration.
“The ministry is optimistic that it will bear fruit reviving youth development programmes in Namibia,” she added.
However, she said they are faced with challenges such as financial difficulties and the capacity to employ skilled facilitators. The current training also is not accredited with the Namibia Qualifications Authority.
“Funds are a problem to us and these facilities do not meet the requirements for introduction of a standard curriculum,” she stressed.
There are 14 multi-purpose centres and five training centres countrywide.
These are Berg Aukas Youth Skills Training Centre in Grootfontein; Kai//ganaxab Youth Skills Training Centre in Mariental; Frans Dimbare Youth Skills Training Centre in Divundu; Okahao Youth Skills Training Centre in Omusati and Farm Du Plessis Youth Skills Training Centre in Omaheke.
These centres were established to impart skills to out-of-school and unemployed young people who do not meet the basic entry requirements of conventional vocational training centres.