Capricorn supports #BeFree project with over N$1m
This brings the foundation's total contribution to over N$1 million, with the first handover of N$500 000 that took place in October last year for the construction of a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) training centre.
The youth campus aims to provide integrated, multidisciplinary services for individuals aged 13 to 30.
It will offer medical services, counselling and life skills support.
The training facility that the Capricorn Foundation has contributed to includes online learning and after-school tutoring with access to educational resources, IT facilities, a soup kitchen, and an outdoor gym.
The STEM centre will provide support in related subjects, coding classes, a library and free Wi-Fi.
Speaking at the handover, Marlize Horn, executive officer at the Capricorn Foundation, said: "We do this via two of our focus areas: education and training and entrepreneurial skills development, both of which the #BeFree Youth Centre aims to achieve through their different activities."
First Lady Monica Geingos added: "It is important that we invest in young people, and this is why the #BeFree Youth Campus has been established and empowered by the youth, to create a safe space where they can unlock their full potential, express themselves, receive multidisciplinary services and address taboo topics."
Deciding on the future
Although the institution has been launched, it is not open to the public yet.
Ileni Hitula, communications officer of the One Economy Foundation and the Office of the First Lady, explained that the launch was put in motion to create awareness. In the meantime, they have held a series of activities during their first weeks.
On Friday, Hitula said they will hold a meeting this week to discuss and determine the plan of action, including admission criteria, which will be made available to the public as soon as possible.
Presently, they are considering an approach in which young individuals would sign up for campus membership to access its services. This membership may entail a nominal fee, estimated to be around N$10, which can be earned by accruing points by volunteering at the campus.
"Given that this is presently the sole facility accessible in the country, we are mindful of the possible space constraints. The membership will focus on guaranteeing equitable access for all campus users by enrolling them solely in their preferred fields, allowing other available services to remain accessible to those who are also interested," Geingos confirmed last week.