A healthy mix of tertiary and vocational education and training for youth is cornerstone to push Namibia into an industrialization phase: Deputy Minister (The Namibia Press Agency)

A healthy mix of tertiary and vocational education and training for the youth is the cornerstone to push Namibia into an industrialization phase, says the Deputy Minister of Sports, Youth and National Service, Agnes Tjongarero.

Speaking at the launch of the 2015 United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Youth Development Fund today, Tjongarero raised the concern that much of the high unemployment rate among the youth is due to the lack of funds, skills and appropriate experience to pursue careers in the Namibian economy.

The UNDP Youth Development Fund, which is an initiative between UNDP, the line ministry and Wilderness Safaris since 2014, is aimed at sponsoring the youth for training in areas of tourism and conservation.

She said it has thus become necessary to focus on empowerment as the crucial requirement for a sustainable solution to poverty and unemployment among the youth.

A total of 45 young people from all corners of the country have benefitted since last year from tourism training at Wilderness Safaris.

Speaking at the same occasion, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Neil Boyer said the UNDP can contribute tangibly and significantly to the development of Namibia and her people by collaborating with Government such as the ministry of youth, and the public sector such as Wilderness Safaris.