A group of twenty candidates, who included five hearing-impaired trainees, successfully completed a six-month inclusive National Vocational Certificate in Clothing Production, Level 1, at the Katutura Youth Enterprise Centre (KAYEC), recently.
The NTA and the Promotion of Vocational Education and Training (ProVET) Project coordinated the training course. According to ProVET Expert, Dr. Bertha Mudamburi, the Namibian National Association of the Deaf (NNAD) identified the hearing-impaired trainees.
“It is a first time for us to have a training course conducted in an inclusive manner. All the trainees interacted well throughout, despite having to communicate differently. The trainees were all very happy with the training course and how it was executed, and they are confident that they will now be able to start up their own businesses, or gain employment”, she noted.
Dr. Mudamburi further highlighted that Inclusive VET formed part of the NTA and ProVET’s support to the Harambee Prosperity Plan, under its Economic Advancement Pillar, which amongst others aims to create at least eight-thousand new jobs in the manufacturing sector and render economic empowerment support that can lead to a higher inclusion of disadvantaged groups into the formal economy.
“Inclusion education is based on the simple idea that every child and family is valued equally and deserves the same opportunities and experiences. As such, inclusive education is about children with disabilities – whether the disability is mild or severe, hidden or obvious – participating in everyday activities, just like they would if their disability were not present. It’s about building friendships and having opportunities, just like everyone else”, Dr. Mudamburi explained.
“For a long time, children with disabilities were educated in separate classes or in separate schools. People got used to the idea that special education meant separate education. But, we now know that when children are educated together, positive academic and social outcomes occur for all the children involved”, she added.
A sign language interpreter of the NNAD, Erika Uushona, supported the training process, throughout.
ProVET also donated five heavy-duty sewing machines to KAYEC.