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12 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, July 19 2017 | NEW ERA Julia Kamarenga Drimiopsis Diana Eises, a Grade 7 learner at Drimiopsis Primary School, has expressed profound gratitude to the Human Capital Fishing Company for donating shoes to San learners at the school. The company donated 29 pairs of shoes. “For some of us this will be our first new pair of shoes. Because of the poor living conditions that we come from, we depend very much on secondhand clothing from caring people in our community. We therefore appreciate the donation,” Eises said in heartily accepting the donation on behalf of fellow learners. While addressing learners at the school about two years ago, Omaheke Governor Festus Ueitele noticed that most learners were without proper winter clothing, despite the cold as it was winter. When Human Capital Fishing Company subsequently approached him Learners thankful for donation of shoes Photo: Julia Kamarenga Big thank you… A group of learners at Drimiopsis Primary School about 50 km east of Gobabis in the Omaheke Region listening to their spokesperson thanking Human Capital Fishing Company for donating shoes to the learners. to identify people in need that they could assist in the region, the governor thought about the learners at Drimiopsis Primary, and proposed that the company buy shoes for learners at the school. Handing over the shoes recently, Ueitele thanked the company for making a difference in the schooling of the youth, urging other businesses to emulate the good gesture and meet the government halfway to uplift the lives of the Namibian people. Ueitele also encouraged the learners to study hard to improve their academic performance so that their school can become one of those recognised in the region for scholarly excellence. About 90% of the learners from the school are from a poor socioeconomic background. The donation is worth about N,000. * Julia Kamarenga is an information officer with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology based in Gobabis. orldSkills amibia and China o collaborate Staff Reporter Windhoek WorldSkills Namibia and WorldSkills China are drafting a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for future collaborations and partnerships, especially in Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) skills exchange programmes. This follows a one day visit on July 7 by a delegation of WorldSkills China. It discussed with its Namibian counterpart possible collaboration between the two countries in areas of TVET, in particular, and the improvement of respective local and national skills competitions. It met with WorldSkills Namibia officials to appraise them on respective activities and future plans and with the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Namibia Training Authority and other senior officials. As one of shortlisted Official Bidders for 2021, the delegation of senior officials also presented its Shanghai 2021 Bid. The bi-annual World- Skills Competition is held in a different member country by way of a bidding process. All WorldSkill International (WSI) members may bid to host the competition in line with competition rules on selection of a host country/ city. The host member is determined through a rigorous process entailing expression of interest by members, validation visits by the WSI board to the prospective member/city to do a comprehensive analysis of capacity, and shortlisting of a maximum of three members meeting certain criteria, who are subsequently invited to prepare a formal bid, in accordance with a bidding template and rules to ensure fairness and comparability of bids. Upon satisfying the above criteria, the bidding members are allowed time to communicate and market their proposals to other members ahead of presenting their formal bid document at a relevant World- Skills General Assembly (GA). The hosting city/member is democratically determined by a secret voting process by members (through the technical and official delegates) in October 2017 at a General Assembly to be held at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The last World Skills Competition was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2015, where Kazan was voted to host the 2019 WSC. In its first participation in 2015, China competed in 29 skills and Namibia in four. For this year’s competition, to be held in Abu Dhabi in October, China will send 47 participants with Namibia sending seven. Acacia Children’s Trust provides family-based care abina Elago indhoek hildren without a family network re in danger of being isolated, bused, exploited and terrorised, he founder of the Acacia Children’s rust (ACT), Juliana Ida Garises, elieves. She says with their famly-based form of childcare, ACT nables abandoned and orphaned hildren to once more become rooted ithin their own family units and the ider society. Garises says they educate children on the importance of natural resources and how they can use it to generate an income for themselves and also take them on holiday to their farm in the South. “Our children are not just kept in the house, but also get the opportunity to go on holiday, just like children that stay with their family,” she says. ACT was founded as a grassroots effort to address the huge distress of orphaned children, and on the household groups raising them. It aimed to protect, promote and utilise their resources to strengthen the future generation. “ACT is one of the first organisations in Namibia to be put in place solely for AIDS orphans,” says Garises. She adds that ACT believes that for any intervention to be effective in addressing the problems that orphans face, it must recognise and utilise the African cultural traditional context in which the care of orphans is accepted as a responsibility of the extended family and the community at large. “In Namibia, it is tradition for the extended family to take care of children who have lost their parents. The crisis has, however, reached such dimensions that family networks can no longer cope. Grandparents, kinship, local leaders, educators, business owners, traditional medicinal practitioners, the clergy and many more community members founded ACT,”Garises noted. ACT offers natural and agricultural resource management, vocational and community development training and supports foster parents, caregivers and community leaders in the provision of support to the children. “We work closely with local schools to identify orphans and vulnerable children and their needs, [including] psycho-social support, Christian counseling and character development support. After completing our training all the children are ready to take on any challenge within the community,” Garises says. ACT was founded in 2000 in Soweto in Windhoek and currently provides care for more than 80 orphaned and underprivileged children.

Wednesday, July 19 2017 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 13 inehas Nakaziko indhoek lina Blessing Mbango has defied all her childhood challengs to be where she is today. A trainee in accounting t Chartered Accountants Auditors (CRVW & Co), bango describes her path n accounting as a difficult ourney fraught with lots of hallenges and sweat and ears. Born in Onelago village n Oshakati, the 23-year-old rew up with a single mother n Ondangwa. “I grew up in a family here my mother fulfilled oth roles as a mother and ather. As a family we are ve siblings and lived with ne cousin supported by my trong mother who is full of esponsibility,” she reflects. Mbango started her priary education at Ondanga Pre Prof Primary School. ue to financial difficulties n the family she had to eave the school for a much heaper private school, Heoes Private School in 2004. “Life at Heroes was too uch of a challenge because here were too many sharpinded learners in my class. t was always hard for me to e at the top of the class and had to remain as an average earner. Having fast learners in a class was at some point a good thing because it always drove me. I always wanted to be like them though there was too much competition.” Mbango was later informed by a close classmate about a boarding school. She fell in love with it and applied to Erongosig Primary School in Usakos and got admitted. She started attending classes in 2007. Life in Usakos was at first worrisome because she was homesick. “But this was actually a life lesson for me because I was just in Grade 7 but by then on my own.” She continued with high school at Martin Luther High School (MLH) near Okombahe where she learned a lot about life and school in general. “During this time I decided that I wanted a change in my life by becoming one of the best performing learners. My Grade 10 and Grade 12 I passed with good marks,” she says. After completing Grade 12 she had to face yet another challenge. She always wanted to study law but the subjects she did at MLH didn’t allow her, and ended up choosing accounting as a second option at the University of Namibia (Unam) in 2013. “It took me quite some time to catch up with and understand the whole concept of accounting. Although becoming an accountant was not my initial dream, with time I got the needed interest in it,” she says. Apart from that she was again faced by another challenge of being in Windhoek for the first time, and struggling financially. She lived in a shack and depended on her mother financially. “At some point during studies I had to try and get a little finance to help her with with Alina Blessing Mbango my brother that I was living with in the same shack.” This forced her to look for a job but she was not lucky as she again had to spend a lot of money in making copies and on transport. “I went to several interviews but was rejected because I had no experience.” Mbango adds that her luck came after being a member of Linkedin (social site) for about two years, always updating her status. She received a call from a man called Helmuth Angula, who apparently said he viewed her Linkedin profile and realised she didn’t have a job and asked her to help at his printing shop in the Southern Industrial Area, Compass Printing, where she gained some experience. Early this year after several interviews she was called by CRVW & Co, where she started working as a trainee. “Currently I am an accounting trainee with much exposure in different fields.” Mbango graduated in accounting in April. She says accounting can be a tiring job but it is not a wrong choice if one studied accounting because one only needs to understand how to deal with transactions. “It is all about knowing what you are debiting and crediting.” Her advice to those pursuing a career in accounting is not to be scared of it. “When you start practising, it becomes user friendly. Whenever you think of quitting, remember that someone is looking up to you. When someone says they look up to you, what they mean is that your hustle is like their GPS, it shows them where to go – from where they are to where they want to be. So never quit because someone might lose their GPS,” she philosophises. outh feel inspired by event to motivate them Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek “The event truly inspired me because most, if not all, speakers were young successful intellectuals. They proved that circumstances do not define destiny, thus you must always continue fighting against all odds to acquire what you most desire in life, both for society and self,” says Olavi Hangula appreciatively. He is one of those who attended the second edition of the Youth Inspire event that took place last Saturday at the John Pandeni Constituency offices in Soweto, Katutura in Windhoek. Hangula says it is always overwhelming to see young black professionals make a name for themselves and in some cases for the nation. “I have [received guidance] from well-deserved mentors and innovators who spoke at the event. They also taught me there is a solution to every problem we face, and in most cases your solution is [workable].” Anna Penavali says the event was indeed uplifting. “I was amazed to hear the encouraging words from young successful people in our country – one can relate and learn a lot from them because they have experienced a Valuable experience… Titus Ndeshipanda says he learned a lot from the speakers as they shared valuable life experiences. lot already,” she says. “I was just disappointed to find that only a few youths turned up. It’s sad how Namibian youths show up at events that involve alcohol or entertainment but only a few attend important inspiring events, and yet we claim to be the leaders of tomorrow,” she adds. Petrina Mathews says the occasion was very inspiring since it gave her an open view on different topics such as the role of youths Uplifting… Anna Penavali says the event was indeed uplifting for young people’s minds. in the country. “It was yet another reminder that your background should not be the determiner of your future. I learned that I can be a change maker, regardless of the environment that I am in,” says Mathews, adding that the event motivated her to work more in helping others to improve their lives. Another youth Titus Ndeshipanda says he really learned a lot from the speakers as they shared Nothing without solutions… Olavi Hangula learned there is a solution to most problems the youth face. valuable life experiences. “We need more events of that kind, whereby we have a platform to share ideas and see how we can contribute or pitch in on others’ innovative ideas,” says Ndeshipanda. The Youth Inspire event aims to motivate young people to overcome obstacles between them and personal success. Young mentor Kadiva Hamutumwa spoke about how the youth can become a somebody in life with education being the key to success. She also advised the youth to focus more on working on their personal branding and be active by networking with the right people and never to miss out on opportunities life presents. Elago Nantana, an entrepreneur, briefed on his journey as a successful entrepreneur by cleaning yards and washing cars. He advised youth to read more and learn to identify and solve problems, while Hilda Liswani, a social innovator, spoke about the importance of a change maker. She also spoke about the power of self-esteem and the importance of empowered youth sharing their stories. Homateni Kapewangolo, a young innovator and entrepreneur, spoke about the power of networking, and encouraged youth to make a change in society. John Pandeni Constituency Councillor Rachel Jacob said the event also aimed at meeting the government halfway in terms of hosting youth events and social responsibility and youth development programmes. “The youth face challenges such as unemployment, drugs and alcohol abuse. Let’s fight together to overcome this,” she says. The event was hosted by Festus Hangula, its founder.

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