Youth self-employment project launched

The project will create institutional architecture and stakeholder capacity to deliver self-employment support services to young people.

12 October 2020 | Agriculture

ELIZABETH JOSEPH

KEETMANSHOOP



The ministry of sport, youth and national service, in collaboration with the Namibia Youth Council (NYC), on Thursday introduced a horticulture self-employment project that aims to encourage and create employment opportunities for young people while producing vegetables and assisting in food security.

The project was officially launched by youth minister Agnes Tjongarero, who also delivered the keynote address at the event.

Tjongarero said it is government's intent to develop and harness human resource capacity in a bid to contribute towards employment creation and self-employment-driven economic growth, propelled by the youth.

She said the objective of the project is to increase the skills, productivity and income potential of out-of-school youth in peri-urban and rural areas by testing cost-effective and scalable market-based solutions that will strengthen micro-entrepreneurship opportunities.

“The project will create the institutional architecture and stakeholder capacity to deliver self-employment support services for young people. It will also allow my ministry as well as the NYC and National Youth Service to become active players in supporting youth economic opportunities by leveraging local youth-targeted services, broadening outreach to more disadvantaged segments, and contributing to more efficient use of existing delivery channels that better respond to the needs of young people,” Tjongarero said.

At the same event, Keetmanshoop mayor Gaudentia Kröhne said if there is one thing that Covid-19 taught the country, it is self-reliance and independence.

“A number of young people have been contracted and will soon start with horticultural training.

“While initiatives like this demonstrate government's commitment to improving the social economic reality of disadvantaged individuals in our society, working towards self-reliance is imperative,” she said.

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