The youth centre falls under the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, and is situated 18 kilometres south-east of Grootfontein in the Otjozondjupa Region.
It offers one-year technical courses like fashion design, agronomy, horticulture, aquaculture, bee-keeping, welding, carpentry, and hospitality, with 397 new trainees enrolled in the courses this year.
The centre is headed by Dr Buba Gure and has 24 instructors.
Ekandjo was accompanied by National Youth Service (NYS) Board Chairperson Mandela Kapere; Swapo-Party Youth League (SPYL) Secretary Elijah Ngurare; SPYL secretary for information, publicity and mobilisation Job Amupanda and officials from the ministry.
Addressing a hall packed with trainees from all 13 regions, Ekandjo said the training programmes at Berg Aukas are aimed at equipping youth to become experts in various fields.
“We are busy strengthening the institution so that it can produce graduates who will become self-sufficient, self-employers and who will be able to employee others once they graduate from here,” he said.
The minister promised the trainees that all challenges the centre faces – like malfunctioning toilets, broken doors and taps and damaged ceilings – will be fixed so that they (trainees) can also “enjoy their stay” at the centre.
Ekandjo then urged the youths to unite and treat one another as brothers and sisters, as well as to learn from each other’s cultures.