12 YOUTH CORNER Wednesday, July 5 2017 | NEW ERA Okakarara VTC celebrates 40 years Ngaevarue Katjangua Windhoek Okakarara Vocational Training Centre (OVTC) will this weekend celebrate 40 years of providing cutting-edge technical and vocational education and training services. The first day of the celebration on Friday will be packed entertainment, a braai and jumping castle for children, with seven-aside soccer games and live music entertainment by Big Ben, One Blood, Ethnix and Vindina. OVTC trainees from 1977 until 2015 will also form teams to partake in the fun. The Saturday morning anniversary programme starts at 08h00 in the morning with the minister of higher Education, training and innovation delivering the keynote address, as well as inaugurating the girls’ hostel block. On Saturday evening the Photo: Contributed Practical training… Students at Okakarara Vocational Training Centre busy with the application of their theoretical grounding in a workshop. OVTC hosts a gala dinner with the programme starting at 17h30. Tickets are N0 per person, with a table seating ten people going for N,000. Invitations have been sent to various companies, graduates of the OVTC from 1977 until 2015, and Namibians from all walks of life are invited to go and join in what promises to be a memorable occasion. The centre was officially opened in January 1977 as Okakarara Technical Institute, or Okakarara Tegniese Instituut by Jan Malan. It started off with 21 trainees and offered only two trades, carpentry and bricklaying, including technical drawing. In 1979, two more trades, welding and motor mechanics were introduced. Under the able and dedicated leadership of the institute, more trades were added to the list in 1984. These include plumbing and pipefitting, electrical general, hairdressing, tailoring, hospitality and tourism, and office administration. That same yearthe centre was renamed the Okakarara Vocational Training Centre (OVTC). Over the years, OVTC has aspired to become a centre of excellence by producing a number of young Namibians, who have thus far graduated as competent youth able to take up employment in their respective trades and qualifications with ease. The number of graduates from OVTC number more than 12,000 at the moment, with 80% of these employed in various industries, and 20% self-employed. The centre today boasts an intake of close to 1,100 trainees up from previous intakes, which have been growing because of the positive and close relationship it has maintained with residents of the town and surrounding communities. OVTC has a staff compliment of 71 members, 30 trainers and 37 administrative staff. The pass rate at the centre is currently at 70%. Ten trades are offered at the centre, all accredited by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA). Lüderitz appoints youth as economic development officer Tuulikki Abraham Lüderitz Lüderitz Town Council has appointed Peya Mushelenga as its new economic development officer. The council’s chief executive officer (CEO), Aunie Gideon, confirmed the appointment of Mushelenga in the position, which has been vacant since 2015. The 24-year- old Mushelenga has been in the public service for over four years prior to his latest appointment. He served as an economist at the Office of the Vice-President in the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he dealt with assessing Individual Veterans Projects (IVPs) to ensure that they are viable and sustainable. He was also responsible for monitoring and evaluating veterans’ projects and sensitising veterans when new developments arose regarding the IVPs. He was part of the committee that is conducting the Regional Economic Profile, specifically for Veteran Affairs, that will ensure that the funded IVPs are in line with the economic profiles of the regions. Mushelenga holds an first degree from the Polytechnic of Namibia (Bachelor of Technology in Economics) and a postgraduate honours degree in economics from the Namibia University of Science and Technology. “I feel honoured and privileged to have been appointed in this position, as it will contribute to my personal growth. There is much more to learn, but I believe in the team at Lüderitz Town Council. From my side I will combine my educational knowledge and industry experience to contribute to the continued sustainable economic growth of the town,” Mushelenga said. Photo: Tuulikki Abraham Development driver… Peya Mushelenga, who is now entrusted with driving economic development at Lüderitz afterbeing appointed the town's new economic development officer. NEWSPAPER FOR NAMIBIA “I read New Era because it assists us to contribute to nation building through the NAMPA Chief Executive Officer dissemination of positive news on a daily basis.” Isack Hamata NEWSROOM Tel: +264 61 273 302 firstname.lastname@example.org ADVERTISING Tel: +264 61 273 322 email@example.com SUBSCRIPTION Tel: +264 61 273 326 firstname.lastname@example.org HEAD OFFICE Tel: +264 61 273 300 email@example.com Corner of Dr W Kulz & Kerby Streets Windhoek New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper app.newera.com.na • classifieds.newera.com.na • newera.com.na/discover Hope brings hope to Maltahöhe children Sabina Elago Windhoek The Hope for Better Future Generation Group last Saturday spent the day with orphans and vulnerable children at Maltahöhe to feed them and bring them gifts. Michael Witbooi, chairperson of the group, says the day was made possible by the Operations Christian Churches Organisation (OCC) that donated shoes, clothes, toiletries, and stationery, which they gave to 55 orphans and vulnerable children in Maltahöhe. “The packages were packed by American children for needy children in African countries. Maltahöhe children were very grateful to get these packages,” Witbooi said. He added that they did not only give packages, but also fed the children with food donated by community members, making the day more fun and memorable for the children. “I thank the business lady, Madam Veronika Katjikuru, who sponsored soup and bread for our children and Constituency Councillor Hercules Jantze, for assisting me with transport to bring the donated boxes to Maltahöhe,” Witbooi noted. After spending the day with the children there were still some gift boxes left, which they then distributed door to door in the town. “The children really had a good time and I thank the OCC for putting a smile on those children’s faces. They needed it.”
Wednesday, July 5 2017 | NEW ERA YOUTH CORNER 13 Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Roseta Nawases, a lecturer in political and administrative studies at the University of Namibia (Unam), has defied all odds to be where she is today. Born in the beautiful north-central town of Otjiwarongo, Roseta grew up with her three siblings in the family home of her parents, both educators. She describes her family as having a strong bond, overcoming almost every challenge. “As a child of two teachers, I was forced to deliver all the time in everything I did, and what’s expected of you is not what you can deliver. My other big challenge was also in sports. I sucked at sports. My dad would always wait for me at the finish line just to dry my tears. Even though I was sad, I knew the aim was to finish the race,” says Roseta. She attended Rogate Primary School in Otjiwarongo in 1992 and Westside High School in Swakopmund. After high school came another big challenge as her points were not enough to allow her to register for a degree course for the career that she always wanted. “It was just enough for a diploma and that’s where I decided I am not looking back and just looking forward. I enrolled for a diploma course in public relations (PR) at the University of Namibia in 2005.” After completing her diploma, Roseta continued with a degree course in media and industrial psychology to get the chance of obtaining a scholarship. After her graduation with Roseta Nawases in 2010 she applied for a scholarship for a master’s programme in international relations at the Central China Normal University in China and was accepted. “As a small-town girl in China, city life was hectic, diverse, people here and there. I learned a lot, different cultures and I had fun as a student,” she says. Roseta worked as a volunteer at the Physical Active Youth (PAY) group, where she helped learners with their schoolwork and other activities at the youth centre. “I used to sing in the Unam choir.” She also worked as a junior researcher in the Unam Multi-Disciplinary Research Centre. In 2014 she worked as a human resources manager at New Era Investments. Her dream came true at the beginning of this year when she joined Unam as a lecturer. She describes her current job as what she always dreamed of doing. “Coming from a home with my parents being teachers, I looked up to them and stepped up a bit, it was to be teaching or lecturing. I love what I do and the challenges that come with it. I love every bit of it, working with students and colleagues who have different backgrounds, it’s an everyday learning phase.” In five years’ time Roseta sees herself as married with two kids, a PhD holder and an inspirational feminist contributing positively to people’s lives. “My message to the youth is to never give up. I’m a living testimony of that. It was never easy from the start. I was not happy with my high school performance, went through a lot changes and challenges, but never gave up, I worked hard.” First Miss Okahandja Youth Expo in August Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek Kashipu Investment CC, a youth beauty pageant organisation based in the northern part of the country, has announced that the first ever Okahandja Youth Expo is scheduled for August 26 at the Nau Aib Stadium in Okahandja. Sandro Ithana from Kashipu Investment says the beauty pageant is part of the four-day Okahandja Youth Expo, which takes place on August 24-27. The youth expo is initiated by B on B Foundations. Ithana says the main aim of Miss Okahandja Youth Expo is to recognise charismatic and talented young women in Okahandja and boost their careers in modelling. “The event will also help build self-esteem, help them in public speaking and make them more aware of who they are, what they really think, and what works for them stylistically and cosmetically in their future planning,” says Ithana. He adds that the pageant also aims at promoting cleanliness in the town. “The finalists will raise awareness about a clean community and work together with the community to clean up Okahandja.” The pageant will furthermore help the youth to get involved in other activities and projects in Okahandja. Entry forms are available at Hi 5 Lounge in Okahandja, the youth office or by requesting the forms via email: kashipu2014@ gmail.com. A non-refundable fee of N is payable with each application and due date for submission is July 28. Namibian girls between the ages of 17-23 may apply. Participant… Okahandja Miss Youth Expo organising committee member and well-known model from Okahandja, Natasha, who is one of the contestants and who will be training the models. Future technologists… A group of students who went to China for a two-week training programme in technology. Youths share their Chinese technology experiences Pinehas Nakaziko Windhoek “My mind was filled with different ideas when it comes to technology,” Kunaije Kazauana says, adding that they have learned a lot and hope to share it with fellow youths. He is one four Namibian students from the University of Namibia (Unam) and Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) who have just returned from doing a short training programme in technology in China. Kazauana says they did the programme for personal growth as well as to understand technology itself. “Technology in China is more advanced compared to Namibia and I learned that in Namibia we only use 4G internet, but in China they use 4.5G or 5G, which is the fastest internet according to them,” he says. The trip was sponsored by Huawei Namibia. Kazauana, a third-year information technology (IT) student at Unam, says the training programme, under the theme Seed for the Future, was an eye-opener for them as students. Jason Afrikaner from NUST says the training was a great experience Unforgettable… Elizabeth Ishitile says her experience in China was truly an unforgettable adventure that allowed her to see and touch the future. Enlightening… Kunaije Kazauana sees the Seed for the Future programme as an eyeopener. Valuable… Jason Afrikaner says the training was good as they gained valuable knowledge, which would be useful in a telecommunications job. as they were taught by experts from one of the most technologically advanced countries. “The practical nature of the training is important as we were given the chance to configure and troubleshoot our own base stations in a state-ofthe-art facility,” says Afrikaner. He adds that they gained valuable knowledge, which would be useful in telecommunication jobs or coming up with ideas for future endeavours. Afrikaner says they even learned about where the world is heading technologically. A final year student from Unam, Elizabeth Ishitile, says her experience in China was truly an unforgettable adventure that allowed her to see and touch the future. “In Shenzhen, we visited Huawei headquarters and we were introduced to Huawei’s latest technology like 5G technology, internet and smart city. In the labs we had an opportunity to configure our own 4G base station that was tested using a Huawei smartphone, and I learned about their Mandarin language,” says Ishitile. She adds that the programme allowed them to gain first-hand work experience at Huawei’s Chinese headquarters and experience Chinese culture and historical landmarks.