National Youth Service trains 12th cohort

27 April 2021 | Youth

ESTER KAMATI

RIETFONTEIN



This year, 361 recruits have taken on civic education training through the National Youth Service, while 172 have been enrolled at the centre for vocational and technical training.

National Youth Service (NYS) board member Ndatulumukwa Haikali said at the official opening of the 12th intake training that the NYS has a strong history of producing disciplined youth who excel in their careers, especially in the security clusters. He added that the recruits are from all 1 212 constituencies countrywide.



Free training

In a speech read by the executive director of the youth ministry, Audrey Mathe, on behalf of deputy minister of youth Emma Kantema-Gaomas, it was mentioned that training has been identified as a priority area in the country's development agenda as it “is central to the development of the lives of the Namibian youth”.

The National Youth Service offers free training in three phases.

Civic training, which is the first phase, is aimed at uplifting the general level of discipline, “inculcating a sense of patriotism and developing the youth into individuals with good physical and mental endurance”.

According to Kantema-Gaomas, the cabinet has directed that the curriculum of the NYS training centres must include topics that are oriented towards gender-based violence.

Phase two is voluntary service, which encourages volunteerism and offers young people an opportunity to participate in projects of national importance. Technical and vocational training is the third phase.

The training is supported by the Namibian Defence Force and the Namibia Training Authority.

Kantema-Gaomas urged other funding agencies to provide support to the NYS to make it self-sustainable and fulfil its mandate to empower the youth.

Otjozondjupa governor James Uerikua said the training offered by the NYS instils a sense of national identity in young Namibians while equipping them with survival skills. He further encouraged the trainees to participate in disaster management activities such as fighting the locust infestation.

“I am urging the Namibian Defence Force, the police and the correctional service to please consider prioritising taking in our graduates from the NYS.”

The governor donated ten goats to the NYS in order for them to commence their agricultural activities. This was decided after consultations with the trainees last year. The goats, which the governor bought from local farmers, are valued at N$23 000

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