Omaruru’s branch of the Positive Repositioning (RA) movement is calling for the reopening of the Community Skills Development Center (Cosdec).
The center closed its doors in the town a few years ago.
According to AR activist Omaruru Avelinu Immanuel, the center was the only place of training for young people and the underprivileged masses.
His movement is now arguing for its reopening, which they believe is the most convenient way to acquire professional skills.
âOur country needs skilled workers. In particular, skilled artisans and technicians are needed to fill skills gaps in various sectors of our economy, including building and construction, power and power plants, water and sanitation systems, and utilities. major public works, âsaid Immanuel.
He claims that the training center was closed by the authorities to be transformed into an accommodation center for officials and a place of entertainment for senior officials.
âWhy is the government closing training centers to send young people to the streets just to house adult and salaried men and women to the detriment of young people?
“As a result of the above, we condemn this arrangement with the contempt it deserves and hereby call for the removal of these Cosdec government employees with immediate effect,” he said.
Cosdec executive director Jeremy Muller, as well as business development and marketing director Koesha Martin cannot explain why the center is closed, saying the closure took place before current management.
AR Omaruru’s demands come days after the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Itah Kandjii-Murangi, launched the revised policy on technical and vocational education and training ( TVET).
Namibia adopted the Vocational Education and Training Policy in 2005, which recognizes the role of TVET in developing the skills required for the economy and the world of work.
The adoption of the policy was informed by challenges, such as a high failure and drop-out rate, and challenges of leadership, governance and management in vocational training centers (VTCs).
Inadequate educational programs, poor quality training, a shortage of competent teachers and technical trainers, outdated facilities and equipment, and underfunded VTCs were also challenges that led to the adoption of the Politics.
Kandjii-Murangi says that TVET policy calls for reform of the sector to meet the changing demands of the world of work, as well as the socio-economic demands of the country.
âThe overarching objective of the policy is that the TVET sector responds to current and future skills development imperatives by building knowledge-based citizenship to make Namibia an industrialized nation and a competitive nation on a scale. global.
âThe objectives to be pursued through this policy have been identified because it crosses the TVET value chain,â she says.