South Korea has expressed its readiness to host and support the training of a select group of young Namibian VET trainees and prepare them for participation at the 2015 World Skills Competition, slated for Sao Paulo, Brasil.
This was revealed during consultations between the NTA and representatives from the South Korean government, which took place at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, earlier this month. The discussions were primarily aimed at the development of an implementation framework to ensure Namibia’s sustainable participation as a fully-fledged member at the bi-annual international showpiece and formed part of broader support being rendered to the NTA under UNESCO’s ‘Better Education for Africa’s Rise’ (BEAR) Project.
The South Korean experts are to assist the NTA in the selection of trainees in a select range of occupational areas to make up the Namibian national team. The Namibian contestants will be hosted at a special venue in South Korea where they will be allowed to train with members of the South Korean team and enjoy exposure to their rigorous and intensive preparations, which have secured unparalleled successes at the World Skills International competitions for that country.
The NTA delegation consisted of the Manager: VET Standards, Sens Shoolongo, the Manager: VET Programmes, Amon Haufiku and the Manager: PR, Marketing and Stakeholder Engagement, Mornay Louw. Shoolongo welcomed the assistance and said it can go a long way in supporting the NTA in ensuring Namibia’s sustainable participation at World Skills International. “It is one thing to participate and merely make up the numbers. It is another to go and compete against the best and come home with a medal. That is our goal”, he stressed.
The Vice-President of South Korea’s Global Institute for Transferring Skills (GIFTS), Dr Yi Sunk Ki led the South Korean delegation. UNESCO’s Head for Technical and Vocational Education and Training, Dr Borhene Chakroun facilitated the meeting.
Sens Shoolongo, Mornay Louw and Amon Haufiku (front) with representatives from the South Korean delegation in front of the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.