A delegation of the Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs paid a courtesy visit to the NTA on Friday, 17th March 2017, as part of a project facilitated by the Office of the President. The delegates form part of a group of experts who are expected to produce a useful and actionable report that ‘brands’ Namibia internationally as a gateway to Southern Africa and positions the country as the primary logistics and administrative hub of the sub-region.
Group Leader, Felix Tan said as part of the assignment, the experts were looking into various sectors of the economy, including the education sector. “Narrowing down to primary and secondary education, tertiary and Vocational Education and Training (VET), we will be conducting a project to build on the leverage of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP). Since the VET sector forms an integral part of the HPP, we would like to learn about the NTA’s processes, strategies and achievements. This will greatly help us in our research and recommendations to the President”, he noted.
On his part, CEO, Jerry Beukes told the delegation that VET has been highlighted in the HPP as a key project with a high premium assigned to it, because of its potential to equip citizens with job and work-ready skills and deal with the global challenges of youth employability and unemployment.