Youth called upon 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.

“We knew that there was no job for us any longer at Outjapuke Kindergarten, but we knew that the knowledge and experience we had picked up through the years could not fail us if we started our own pre-primary school,” Tjiraso explained.

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.

“We managed to get a place at the Church of the Nazarene in Opuwo to use as our pre-primary class, and registered at least 20 children during December 2012 to start in January 2013.

However, when we went back to the church in January 2013 at the reopening of schools, they turned us away, claiming that they feared that the children would break windows and vandalize church property,” Tjivahe continued.

She said this was a big setback during the first semester of 2013, with the pre-primary school being without a place and them having to run around looking for the placement of the 20 children at different pre-primary schools.

They also had to explain to the parents what had happened.

“It was a very tough time,” recalled Tjivahe.

“But we remained determined to succeed, and could not give up. We continued to look for a place, and found this place that we are currently using.

We thus only started during the second semester of 2013,” she added.

The pre-school charges N.dollars 50 per child per month, which money is used to buy basic materials and for their salaries.

Their pre-primary school is in the Otuzemba area at a place called Fabian’s Flats, where they have two classes with a total of 44 children.

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.

Tjiraso stressed that youths must concentrate on the talents and knowledge they possess, follow their career paths and develop that with training to perfect any trade.

The Opuwo Gift Kindergarten is registered with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, and is now getting assistance from this ministry.

It is, however, looking for its own place to build and develop into a proper pre-primary school.