Steenkamp lauds entrepreneurship at school level

09 Aug 2018 19:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 AUG (NAMPA) – A total of 756 schools in Namibia offer Entrepreneurship as a subject of which 38 are senior secondary schools, Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MoEAC), Sanet Steenkamp said on Thursday.
Steenkamp made this revelation during the launch of a book titled ‘Successful Entrepreneurship’, authored by Twapewa Kadhikwa, a self-proclaimed entrepreneur.
According to Steenkamp, the MoEAC report from 2017 revealed that out of 40 599 Grade 10 learners countrywide, 37 887 (93 per cent) did entrepreneurship.
“The introduction of Entrepreneurship as a subject in Namibia was aimed at fighting unemployment through promoting innovation, creativity and personal skills,” she explained.
The PS appealed to the business industry to assist government in creating an environment that would assure Namibia of an entrepreneurial landscape.
Such a landscape, Steenkamp said, will only be possible if time, energy, experience, love, care and money are invested in the learners.
First Lady, Monica Geingos, who also attended the event, hailed the MoEAC for the introduction of Entrepreneurship in school as it prepares children from a very young age on the use of money.
Entrepreneurship has been offered as a school subject for the past 14 years.
Geingos appealed to local entrepreneurs to write more books that would tell the Namibian story in entrepreneurship as this will encourage not only children but also local entrepreneurship at large.
“We need a localised narrative about our entrepreneurial landscape,” she said, noting that entrepreneurship differs from environment to environment.