21 July 2014
The Namibia Training Authority and Peace Corps Namibia entered into a Memorandum of Understanding today, which will see American volunteers placed at the seven Vocational Training Centres(VTCs) under the NTA’s supervision to support existing efforts aimed at strengthening the entrepreneurial skill of trainees.
Speaking at the signing ceremony held at NTA Village, Acting CEO, Ester Anna Nghipondoka highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship as a key driver of economic growth. “Wealth and a high majority of jobs are created by small businesses started by entrepreneurially-minded individuals, many of whom go on to create big businesses”, she stressed.
Nghipondoka also encouraged trainees at the VTCs to be receptive to the entrepreneurship training to be rendered under the agreement. “It is true that skills training is not the only thing you require to one day become successful businesspeople. You will also require additional support in terms of access to capital and collateral to start your own businesses. However, do not be discouraged by the chalellenges you face. Remember that in order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure”, she remarked.
On his part, Peace Corps Namibia’s Director of Training And Programming, Daniel Rooney said the two organisations shared a common purpose in training the next generation of Namibian youth.
Rooney stated that he was inspired by the partnership and was looking forward to the immediate enactment of the terms of the collaboration. “We look forward to years of collaboration as we work hand in hand in the training of young Namibians, and ultimately prepare the next generation of entrepreneurs”, he stated.
The agreement provides for Peace Corps volunteers to be assigned for a period of 24 months to the Eenhana VTC; Nakayale VTC at Outapi; Rundu VTC; Okakarara VTC; Valombola VTC at Ongwediva and Zambezi VTC at Katima Mulilo.
The volunteers are to begin their assignments on the 25th of September. The NTA is to provide volunteers with an orientation of the project and its activities and the community in which they are to serve. The NTA is also to provide housing in line with pre-agreed requirements.