Osire youth concerned about lack of opportunities

A lack of opportunities for the youth after completing their senior education and alcohol and drug abuse is a concern for the youth at Osire refugee camp as it demotivates them thus most drop out of school.

The youth informed that First Lady Monica Geingos during her #Be Free 2#Be Free Anti-Violence Campaign' tour to the settlement on Friday that they are challenged with founding employment or tertiary education after they complete school as result most of them drop of out school or resort to selling and using drugs and alcohol.

The campaign is supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as part of the government of Namibia and UNFPA 2017 programme of work in the area of Gender Equality.

In response, Geingos noted that they have been going to the regions with the 'Be Free' movement and a lot of what the youth at Osire told her is what they youth throughout the country and in other countries she visited had informed her.

'So the issue of alcohol and drugs is a global problem at the moment but it has also become a very specific African crisis that we do not deal with,' said the First Lady.

She also noted that there is a need to connect the dots because every now and then the media is reporting people who have been arrested with large consignments of drugs and more frequently now of young people selling drugs at schools.

Geingos added that in some regions like Karas the police have now started going to schools to do drug testing on learners.

'So what you are experiencing in Osire is similar to what the rest of the country is experiencing when it comes to alcohol and drugs.

It seems that alcohol and drugs have become a couping mechanism for young people,' said Geingos.

Geingos urged that people who are selling drug must be reported because when they are allowed to sell these drug and become rich they corrupt the system.

'The choices we make are important, there is nobody standing with a gun forcing anybody to take alcohol or drugs is a choice we make.

Once you become addicted it stops being a choice so prevention is better than cure,' stressed Geingos.

On her part, the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MEAC) Executive Director, SanetSteenkamp noted that at the level of grade 12 the life science teacher should work with learners to build a strong portfolio of who the learners are, what skills they have, what their interest is and what they want to study are all important.

'It is also important for you to have a good testimonial and you will only have a good testimonial if you in a position to know exactly what

it is you want to study on to that your life skill teacher along with university will link you up with what you want to study,' said Steenkamp.

Steenkamp adding that they can also be linked up in the local communities with captains of industry where they can shadow them or do holiday so they can be recognised as hard-working and someone who is willing to learn in that way to get a scholarship or a grant.

'The Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture per se do not give scholarships our aims prepare you and for you to be prepared in such a manner the stakeholders out there with your own marketing and perseverance that recognises specific qualities which they are looking for,' she siad.

Steenkamp further noted that the going to university is only one option and that the second option is entrepreneurship and looking for employment immediately after school.

Source: Namibia Press Agency