Founders of Opuwo Gift Kindergarten calls on Namibian youth to use their talents and knowledge to create jobs for themselves

OPUWO: The founders of the Opuwo Gift Kindergarten called on Namibian youth to use their talents and knowledge to create jobs for themselves

The two young women, Uaturoje Tjiraso, 28, and Nelly Tjivahe, 25, teamed-up to start their own pre-primary school in 2013 after they lost their positions at the Oujapuke Kindergarten here.

“A qualification is important, but it is not everything which one needs to do something, or create a job for yourself”, Tjivahe noted.

They are both Grade 10 dropouts, and were employed as pre-primary teachers at Oujapuke.

They subsequently lost their positions to qualified pre-primary teachers in 2012.

Tjiraso was employed there for seven years, while Tjivahe had a three-year stint before they both failed to be reappointed at the end of that year.

They then started visiting houses, and telling family members and friends to register their children with them for 2013 at their intended pre-primary school. The pre-school charges N.dollars 50 per child per month, which money is used to buy basic materials and for their salaries.

Both Tjivahe and Tjiraso have now enrolled with the Early Child Development Centre of the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) at Ongwediva, where they are being trained as pre-primary teachers in the distance mode.