31 May 2013 09:00
WINDHOEK, 31 MAY (NAMPA) - The German Government, in conjunction with the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism launched the Namibian Online Tourism Training Platform at the eLearning Africa Conference here on Thursday.
Speaking during the event, the Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism Pohamba Shifeta said one of the primary functions of his ministry is to develop programmes which can assist Namibians in understanding the importance of tourism to their standard of living and to the economic, social and environmental development of the country.
?The Ministry of Environment and Tourism will actively seek to make training in the tourism sector more accessible to previously-disadvantaged Namibians and vulnerable groups through liaison with relevant stakeholders.
In this quest for excellence through tourism development, it is important to also consider the skills in the Namibian tourism sector. We need well-qualified tourism human resources at all levels who are able to understand the needs of the visitors, and the vitality of efficient and friendly customer service,? he noted.
The main objective of the project is to provide an innovative tourism training platform for Namibia in order to ensure both the creation of a transparent tourism market and training in the sector, as well as capacity-development for the various stakeholders involved.
Speaking at the same occasion, German Ambassador to Namibia Onno Hueckmann said this platform will link all players in the tourism and education industries.
?Through this linkage, the platform will add value to existing vocational training activities, and improve the quality of teaching,? he stated.
The platform offers opportunities to widen training access, improve quality of training and increase training opportunities in the tourism sector.
The project will have different components, ranging from the gathering of tourism training and employment information, pilot course development, marketing and process concept development, stakeholder networking and the training of stakeholders and partners.
The training platform aims to meet the needs of the end-consumer and/or user and/or employer.
The platform shall be a quality assurance mechanism in tourism training, in cooperation with the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) and the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA).
The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and GIZ -the German Organisation for International Co-operation - sponsored the project.
Meanwhile, the three-day eLearning Africa conference of ministers and representatives from all across Africa commenced here on Wednesday to draw on the knowledge they have built up collectively over the past 20 years.
The eLearning Africa 8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for Development, Education and Training takes place under the theme ?Policy and Innovation in Education in Africa?.
It ends on Friday.