The National Youth Service (NYS) on Friday officially opened its 2021 school calendar at Rietfontein near Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.The event also coincided with the inauguration of its 12th intake of students who have been undergoing a s…
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The National Youth Service (NYS) on Friday officially opened its 2021 school calendar at Rietfontein near Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The event also coincided with the inauguration of its 12th intake of students who have been undergoing a six-month intensive civic training since March this year.
In her remarks delivered on her behalf at the event, Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Emma Kantema-Gaomas said a total of 361 new trainees are recruited this year and are first undergoing civic training before they pursue any other specialized vocational courses at the government-funded training school.
She said together with the other 172 senior trainees, the institution now has a total of 533 trainees recruited this year in different courses at the centre.
“This to us is a clear testimony that our young people and the institution all understand the importance of the vocational skills development,” she said.
Kantema-Gaomas said thousands of applications across the country were received from the young people, adding that those who had secured spaces should consider themselves lucky and take advantage of the opportunities.
She urged them to successfully undertake their civic training aimed to instill discipline, transforming their physical fitness, and shape their sincere patriotism to the country.
The intensive civic training ends in August.
NYS Commissioner, Dr. Felix Musukubili in a statement also delivered on his behalf urged trainees not to quit the programmes, but to work hard so that they can start up their own small businesses once they graduate.
Otjozondjupa Governor, James Uerikua on his part called on government ministries and the private sector in the country to allow the trainees from the NYS to do internships at their respective institutions.
NYS became operational in 2008 and offers courses in plumbing, auto mechanics, joinery, bricklaying, metal fabrication, hairdressing, hospitality, office administration, crop and animal husbandry, cloth production, and heavy-duty driving.
Source: Namibia Press Agency