MCA Namibia and the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) signed grant agreements to the value of N$ 22.2 million with nine vocational training providers in the country. The funds will be used to train 1,320 Namibians from disadvantaged backgrounds in various high priority fields over the next two years.
Franz Gertze from the NTA Board of Directors thanked the American government for their continued support through the Millennium Challeng
e Corporation (MCC) and MCA Namibia. According to Gertze, the importance of vocational training cannot be overemphasised and he quoted Chinese philosopher Confucius in saying, “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day – Teach a man how to fish and feed him for a lifetime.”
MCC Resident Country Director Oliver Pearson highlighted that the grants are specifically designed to help young Namibians who could otherwise not afford training. Pearson was pleased with the outcome of the selection of training providers and was full of praise for the Namibia Training Authority: “The NTA is heralding in a new era of demand-driven, competency-based training, and we are very proud to be part of it.”
The selected training facilities were nominated from a list of accredited Namibian institutions based on their capacity to offer training in high priority areas, such as office administration, automotive mechanics, water care, cooking and housekeeping.