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New Era Newspaper Wednesday December 13, 2017

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14 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, December 13 2017 | NEW ERA Etunda school to be handed over to ministry next year ETUNDA The Etunda Primary School (PS) currently under construction at a farm belonging to founding president Sam Nujoma, in the Otjozondjupa Region, will be handed over to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture upon its completion early next year. This was said by Nujoma here recently, who added that if any delays occur on the project that is earmarked for completion next month, then the next expected completion date would be March next year. Nujoma was speaking at the site where close to 50 workers have been busy building the school. “Once completed the school is expected to be handed over to the Work in progress…Workers busy with construction of the Etunda Primary School at the founding president Sam Nujoma’s farm Etunda near Otavi. Photo: Nampa Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture,” Nujoma said. The founding president said he does not have the time to run a school as he is ageing and wants rather to dedicate the rest of his retirement to developing the farm. Thus, he said, the ministry will be the custodian of the school. Nujoma, 88, donated a portion of land on his farm for the construction of the school that is expected to accommodate learners from grades 1-7. The school will largely educate children of farm labourers in the area around farm Etunda, which is situated some 30 kilometres south of Otavi. Nujoma said that in future he would like the school to cater for high school grades (8 to 12) as well. At his 87th birthday celebration on May 12 last year, several business people pledged donations amounting to nearly N.4 million to be used to complete construction of the facilities. The facilities include girls and boys hostels with toilets and laundry rooms. The building also has two units of houses for teachers, while space will be left to be used for football and netball fields. Meanwhile, a clinic on the farm has been completed already and was handed over to the Ministry of Health and Social Services earlier this year. So far, two babies, a boy and a girl, were delivered there. Nujoma said he is grateful his family has been able to contribute to this achievement. The clinic at the farm provides primary healthcare services to the general public and attends to victims of accidents on the B1 road between Otavi and Otjiwarongo. Two nurses have been deployed to the clinic and are accommodated in – Nampa Mascato Youth Choir performs for charity in Christmas surprise Staff Reporter Windhoek The Pandula Trust surprised its members with a special choir performance by the Mascato Youth Choir in the Rennies Consolidated warehouse in Walvis Bay. ing’s history that it was used to host a choir performance, and the building’s high ceiling added to the unique acoustics of the event. The Trust also took the opportunity to donate N,000 towards the choir’s activities and N,000 of ‘angel deeds’. The Mascato Youth Choir is world-renowned and has performed in Europe and America on a number of occasions, often in competitions against some of the world’s best group who depend solely on support from the public to fund its activities. Choirmaster Theo Cookson says most of the members are vulnerable Performance…The Mascato Youth Choir during a Christmas charity event in the Rennies Consolidated warehouse in Walvis Bay. Photo: Contributed and the choir provides them a safe place and a place where they regain “Many of our members have gone on to become lawyers, medical doctors and even a microbiologist,” “In the past two decades since the choir’s creation, we have had more than 9,000 children go through the choir. Even some of the faces here of Manica were once in this choir. The young people come from all over the country, often travelling from as far as Windhoek, Otjiwarongo, Outjo to attend rehearsals. All of our funding goes towards opening doors for our members through performing in the choir,” informs he, grateful for the donation, adding that it would go a long way in promoting the art of choral singing and supporting youth development in Namibia. The event was also aimed at obtaining ‘angel deed’ nominations from members. According to the Trust chairperson, Trudi van Rooyen, each invited member was requested to identify a charity or family that they felt was in need and wished to bless with an ‘angel deed’ for Christmas. “This project entails spending N,000 on assisting families in need and charities this festive season. We have worked through the nominations and will soon issue N,000 grocery vouchers to 50 members. The members then have to go out and surprise the people they wish to bless.” The Pandula Trust is a staff managed charity fund to which Bidvest Namibia staff members contribute a small amount from their salaries each month. O&L treats for orphans, vulnerable children Staff Reporter Windhoek Ohlthaver & List (O&L) recently hosted an early Christmas party for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) at the coast. The party was hosted at the Sparta Sports Ground in Walvis Bay, and accommodated OVC from Swakopmund Tears of Hope, Promise Land Soup Kitchen, Promise Land Play School, Kids Haven, Jonah Home and Namsov Learn in Peace Centre. The children were treated to ies to eat, jumping castles and water slides, Mini and Mickey mascot appearances and of course Santa Claus who made Lovely gifts prepared with love by the O&L employees were individually handed out by Santa to each child. Every year the operating companies of the O&L Group, namely Pick n Pay Namibia, Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), Namibia Dairies, Broll Namibia, Dimension Data, O&L Energy, O&L Leisure, Hangana Seafood, Kraatz, Weathermen & Co, and Brandtribe support the initiative in line with the Group’s purpose of ‘Creating a future, Enhancing life’, and are committed to making the event a memorable day for the children. Early Christmas... Mini and Mickey mascot also made a special appearance to make the day extra special for the children at the early Christmas party hosted in Walvis Bay recently by Ohlthaver & List (O&L). Photo: Contributed

Wednesday, December13 2017 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 15 with Mavis Elias Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Twenty-four-year-old Mavis Elias, who has been announced as the winner of the Queens Young Leader’s Award for 2018 is a philanthropist at heart, a dreamer and the founder of EM Love Foundation. A holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), Mavis says being chosen as the only next winner of the Queen Young Leader Award from Namibia is testimony to her hard work to achieve her dreams. “It has created an opportunity to receive guidance from a large network; to tap into a mass wealth of wisdom and allow it to help foster my potential into well-groomed leadership skills, which are to work for my community and play my role in uplifting our country,” she says about the award. Mavis is expected to receive her award at Buckingham Palace next June, where Queen Elizabeth II will do the handover. She says her EM Love foundation was born in 2012 out of her love for children. day in 2012, we have gone from strength to strength, engaging in community work that touches base with those we look to impact. Each initiative spoke to matters that are close to our hearts as directors, engaging citizens that are shelterless, without food to eat and impacting lives by giving dignity back to the giving process,” she says. Mavis was born in Oshakati and A philanthropist and a dreamer at heart spent the better part of her childhood in Ongwediva. She attended her lower education at different schools, such as Erundu Combined, Francis Galton Private School, Orban Primary School and Delta Secondary School Windhoek. “At Delta I was the jack of all trades. I headed the History Society while doing soccer, netball and tennis. I was terrible at sports, but my competitive nature knew no bounds. At university I decided to take up a part-time job in radio at Energy 100 FM to better my speaking skills.” She adds that engineering be- confronted her with an intimidating atmosphere, but presented a challenge she would overcome. “I had unsolicited opinions that landed me in immense trouble, due to a lack of emotional intelligence Funding Skills Development in South Africa There’s a major drive in South Africa to economically empower the previously disadvantaged majority. Skills development is one of the ways the government is equipping the millions of people who are underprivileged with training, so they can be active participants in the economy. To fuel this skills development machine, the Skills Development Levies Act was enacted in 1998. Under the Act, a collection of Sector Education and Training Authorities (Setas) was established in 2000. While the Setas have gone through change over the years, their roles remain the same. The 21 remaining Setas distribute funds collected from South African companies to finance learnerships, skills programmes, apprenticeships, internships, and bursaries. Companies with an annual payroll of N0,000 or more, pay 1 percent of that to the South African Revenue Services. The levies are kept in a special fund, with 80 percent of it going to the Setas while 20 percent is distributed to the National Skills Fund (NSF). The National Skills Fund serves a similar role to those of the Setas, but fall under the latter. In South Africa, Cultural display… Learners of Okarukoro Mobile School in the Kunene Region perform a traditional dance after receiving goods from the Namibia Association of Norway. Photo: Nampa there’s a shortage of “scarce skills,” which include accounting, economics, business management, engineering, physics, chemistry, and other science sectors. Every year, the NSF provides bursaries for bridging the skills shortage gap in these and other sectors that are vital for the growth of the economy. Setas replaced the old industry training boards, and almost every sector of the economy has a Seta dedicated to it. Some of these skills training bodies include the Agri SETA, Bank SETA, Transport SETA, as well as Media, Advertising, Information and Communication Technologies SETA, among others. Annually, more than N$13 billion tive sectors, and each of them is responsible for creating and implementing a skills development plan and paying out grants. More than 135 learnerships have been developed, covering everything from entry level to post-professional education levels. From high school and college learners to employed individuals who need to take their skills to the next level levies contributed by South African companies. Companies that embark on a learnership programme receive a tax incentive and can claim back up to 70 percent of the portion of their Skills Development Levy. Other roles of the Setas include identifying the skills requirements in their receive high-quality training and that the training meets agreed standards that tions framework. While South Africa is among the leading economies in Africa and has been at the forefront of development for many years, it remains one of the most unequal societies in the world. Although one cannot address the scourge of inequality without considering the bitter history of apartheid behind it, the gap between the rich and poor is widened by a lack of quality education for the underprivileged. As a result, the country faces a high dropout rate of high school learners. The situation is compounded by a curriculum that does not fully equip young people with the skills they need to enter the job market. This is where Setas come in to upskill those in need. – and ability to discern what thoughts were to be voiced and which not. It took acknowledging this to be an area of weakness and addressing it to learn and do better,” she says. Before turning 21 years, she had determined to give back to her country. “When I started doing charity work at the age of 20, I had a conviction in my heart that I could affect change in the lives of the second economy. I have had this belief since I was a child. I spoke about it often, but I had not left footprints on the road to making this dream a reality. “A few Studying optometry was not Anthonia Ojo’s first choice. The young Nigerian was initially interested in pursuing a career in the was almost swayed by her parents to study medicine, but was eventually given the option of studying optometry upon applying at the University of Benin City in Nigeria. “I have no regrets,” she says, of the 6-year programme. “It gave me a lot of exposure and was all encompassing, from the business side to the psychology.” But three years after graduating, Ojo felt the urge to try something new. “I’ve always been fascinated with creating things. I do a lot of DIY projects.” This passion for creation can be traced back to days spent in her father’s workshop. A production engineer, he owned a furniture-making factory that Ojo would often visit and watch the workers. She eventually tried her hand at making everything “So when the idea of making eye wear designs with African facial dimensions, I started to do my research and I found out about 3D printing technology.” The immersive, fourweek programme is designed for Nigerian entrepreneurs to receive handson training, particularly in the areas of advanced manufacturing and business development. Participants learn how to create innovative products using front-line manufacturing technology along with rapid prototyping. months before I turned 21, I had a myself where my life was headed to. It kept zeroing in on the want to change and impact lives.” The organization has had its share of challenges though, among says the Foundation has nevertheless grown and continues to do so. Thus far they have been able to touch over 4,000 lives, have launched 12 initiatives and developed a database of 80 volunteers. Creating a uniquely African eyewear line “The main highlights of my participation at the garage was using the 3D printers, laser cutters and building a mold with the CNC machine.” Ojo adds that watching her idea and design of an African inspired eyewear line come to life was the ultimate highlight. Explaining the design process, Ojo says it starts with an inspiration followed by a 2D sketch on paper with all the dimensions of the eyewear. Then a 3D sketch using CAD software is done before it goes through slicing, and then it’s ready for printing. She says she then selected her printing material, set up her printer and started to print. Once her printed glasses are ready, she picks it up, cleans, and polishes. The parts are then assembled and a minimum viable product is ready. “It’s one of the best feelings in the world to see your thoughts or ideas through actions come to life. It was not easy and I actually started to think maybe my idea was too cumbersome, but with the support from the engineers at the GE garage, I was able to come up with my prototypes.” Now that she has the prototype, the next step for Ojo is to identify how to manufacture it in Africa. The eyewear industry isn’t cheap, she says. She is however hoping to avoid the China route. “I want something indigenous that I can say from start to end is African, from the raw materials to the production – everything made in Africa. –

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