Kayec trainees equipped to change the world!

Most of the speakers emphasised that the graduates should become job-creators and not jobseekers, and seeing that the trust was initiated to ensure that there is a future for every Namibian, the graduates should create a future for employable youth in the country.

12 March 2019 | Education

Ester Kamati

Nelson Prada, director of Kayec, highlighted that the aim of the youth programme, as established 24 ago, was and still is to provide marketable vocational skills to youth who for diverse reasons left the academic stream.

City of Windhoek councillor Ananias Niizimba congratulated the graduates on behalf of Mayor Muesee Kazapua, who could not make it to the event.

Niizimba said the graduates should have a vision, a dream and should think ahead.

The councillor urged the graduates not to think about the risks involved in starting their own business, but that they should rely strongly on the entrepreneurial skills provided to them by the institution.

Kapejaruka Toromba walked away with a qualification and a job as Kayec choir conductor for the upcoming student intakes. Others had inspiring stories to share, such as Ndilnelao Hamunyela.

She encouraged other pregnant women or new mothers not to put their dreams on hold or see pregnancy as a burden, but rather to think about the future and not feel inferior.

She also motivated other youth to always finish what they have started and to try their best, so they have a good future.

Jean William Cloete, another graduate, is a Rehoboth resident who had to commute to and from the Kayec centre in Windhoek. He said this was very difficult for him and there were times when he felt like giving up, but he was motivated by the thought of one day being able to work for and own everything he wants in life, as well as help his mother.

Cloete said his late father was a carpenter and that inspired him to do something in that line, because he is gifted with his hands. After Cloete failed grade 10, he decided to enrol with Kayec and he is now a welding graduate.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, noted Soini Sheehama in her vote of thanks, and urged her fellow graduates to use the skills they have learned to further develop their country.

The event was attended by several parents, who could not hide their pride in their children, as well as the trainers who moulded these young graduates.

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