90 trainees graduate from Kayec

Deputy minister bashes media
Among the 90 graduates were 26 individuals who are hearing-impaired, highlighting Kayec's commitment to inclusivity and accessibility.
Enzo Amuele
The Katutura Youth Enteprise Centre (Kayec) in Windhoek hosted a graduation ceremony for its first intake of the year last week.

Held at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort last Thursday, the event saw 90 trainees from diverse artisan trades receiving their qualifications. Notably, among the graduates were 26 individuals who are hearing-impaired, highlighting Kayec's commitment to inclusivity and accessibility.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony was deputy minister of higher education, training and innovation Nathalia Goagoses, who described the event as special, adding that the ministry is proud that its partnership with Kayec has not been in vain.

"Let Kayec be the role model that stands for ‘leave no one behind’," she said.



'Kayec is for everyone'

Kayec Trust director Nelson Prada highlighted the importance of the institution, saying it takes in individuals who would otherwise have had nowhere else to study.

“Vocational training is especially for those who - for whatever reason - could not go to a mainstream vocational school or university,” he said.

Prada added that Kayec is there for everyone who could not meet the requirements to further their schooling at either a university or other vocational training schools, emphasising that the institution offers all training free of charge.

According to Goagoses, the current information minister Emma Theofelus was one of the young people who benefitted immensely from this youth development programme.

"She's one of the top ministers, the youngest, smart and full of confidence!" she stressed. "Appearing on an international stage, a winner of so many awards in Africa, Emma was one of the products of this institution," she said.

The ceremony not only celebrated the achievements of the graduating class, but also served as a testament to Kayec's dedication to fostering inclusive educational practices that empower individuals of all backgrounds to thrive in Namibia's evolving economy.



Minister bashes media

At the same occasion, Goagoses criticised the media, specifically public broadcaster Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), for not attending the event.

"Which media houses are present today?" she asked, adding "and where is NBC?"

When she received no response, she expressed her disappointment in the unfair reporting, particularly regarding issues and accomplishments such as a graduation, which should be covered by all media houses, she said.

She stressed inclusivity and fairness when it comes to people from all walks of life.

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