The Government of the Republic of Korea (South Korea) is impressed by the success of the Namibian Chapter of UNESCO’s Better Education for Africa’s Rise (BEAR) Project. That country’s Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Ambassador Byong Hyun Lee said this during a courtesy meeting with the NTA’s Acting Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Beukes, at NTA Village, on the 18th of January 2016.
Ambassador Lee said the South Korean Government has taken a deliberate decision to support the development of Vocational Education and Training on the African continent and that UNESCO’s BEAR Project remained an excellent vehicle through which to channel support and expertise to countries that require assistance. “My government has indeed been impressed by the success of this partnership and in fact, we are now looking at ways how we can intensify our support through what soon can become a second phase of this very successful project”, he highlighted.
On his part, Acting CEO, Jerry Beukes expressed the NTA’s appreciation to South Korea for its support to the BEAR project. “Today, the results of our partnership with South Korea and UNESCO under this unique and innovative project, are clear for all to see. The NTA has once again demonstrated its commitment to improve our local VET sector with the ongoing support of our donors and international partners”, Beukes stressed.
Beukes also reassured the South Korean delegation of the NTA’s commitment to the BEAR project. “Our organisation remains committed to see this project through until September 2016, when it expires. And we look forward to a renewed partnership should the South Korean government indeed decide to continue with a second phase of this project”, he added.
The overarching objective of the Namibian Chapter of the BEAR Project is to contribute to Vocational Educational and Training programmes, which are relevant to the skills needs of businesses and individuals. More specifically, the project is aimed at training programme delivery in the Mining & Quarrying, Construction, Electricity, Gas and Water Supply, and Rural Sanitation sector through revised and updated curricula; increasing the number of trained trainers in critical occupational areas for the construction sector and enhancing their capacity to deliver training; and improving capacities in the overall VET system.
Some of the Namibian Chapter of the BEAR Project’s key successes include the development of new unit standards, curricula, teaching and learning materials and training packages in the broader construction sector and the capacitation of VET trainers in this sector to contribute to training programme design and implementation.
Further support was rendered to the NTA by the Korean Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training (KRIVET) in supporting capacity building towards the establishment of a Namibian National Skills Competition framework.
KRIVET also supported the preparation of experts and competitors for participation at the 2015 WorldSkills competition, which took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August last year, where Namibia made its maiden appearance.