NYS instilling discipline in trainees

GROOTFONTEIN: National Youth Service (NYS) trainees are disciplined, loyal and patriotic citizens, NYS Commissioner Onesmus Upindi claimed.

Speaking during a media briefing on Wednesday at the NYS Rietfontein training centre in the Otjozondjupa Region, he said the primary purpose of the youth training centres is to uplift the general level of discipline and morale amongst trainees.

The NYS has three training centres in Henties Bay in the Erongo Region, Ondangwa in the Oshana Region and Rietfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.

“We are aiming at instilling a sense of patriotism in them through our civic training programmes, which prepare them to be patriotic, loyal and disciplined,” said Upindi.

He added that the civic training is centred mostly on coaching the youths to be physically strong, and to “transform their bad behaviour and characters”.

On her part, the NYS Manager for Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Johanna Kambala said about 559 trainees in total were recruited during May this year.

The civic training programme lasts for between three and 12 months.

“The civic training is more on military drilling, which is aimed at disciplining the youths,” she explained.

Besides this training, the youth are also taught about the Namibian Constitution and various Government policies and programmes free of charge.

Kambala said the trainees are compelled to undertake courses in information and communication technology fundamentals, entrepreneurship, technical drawings and mathematics, amongst others.

After the civic training, trainees can then volunteer to be deployed at hospitals and medical centres around the country, where they assist to pack medicines in pharmacies and also perform office administration duties.

The volunteerism programmes take between six and 24 months.

After the volunteering programme, trainees are assessed and awarded Second-Level Certificates by the Namibian Training Authority (NTA).

These certificates are accredited by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQ).

Kambala said the NYS’s mandate is not to provide employment to trainees, but to prepare them for the job market or self-employment through equipping them with relevant skills.

However, the NYS faces several challenges, including a lack of infrastructure and limited financial resources.

The NYS became operational in 2008 after it was established by Government in 2005.