MARIENTAL: The upgrade of the Kai //Ganaxab Youth Skills’ Training Centre here is progressing well.
Government availed N.dollars 90 million last November for the upgrade and renovation of the youth training centre.
Speaking to Nampa in a telephonic interview on Monday, Principal of the Kai //Ganaxab Youth Skills’ Training Centre, Uirikua Kavita said the money came from the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture (MYNSSC).
The upgrading project has three phases, each worth N.dollars 30 million. The first phase includes the construction of four new accommodation blocks with a carrying capacity of 40 trainees each.
It started in November last year, and is still underway.
The first phase also includes the construction of a new dining hall, which will see an increase in its capacity from the current 100 to 350.
The old hall will be demolished.
Construction of the hospitality and tourism training workshop as well as a security room at the main gate also falls under the first phase.
“The first phase is expected to be completed by May next year. Right now, the accommodation blocks are almost completed, because it is just the roofs missing,” Kavita said.
The principal noted that a science block, computer laboratory and 11 more houses for staff will be added in the next phases to complement the existing five houses and sport fields.
“We will also introduce new trades such as Electronics, Beauty Therapy, Diesel and Petrol Mechanics,” the principal indicated.
He stated that once the whole project is completed by 2014, trainees’ intake will increase from the current 120 to 500 every year, because more trades, accommodation and classes will be available.
In the meantime, planning and pipe-fitting instructor Abisai Sebele and Eslon Kavari (carpentry and joinery)are still not giving lessons since last year.
The two claimed that the centre lacked teaching equipment and did not follow a Namibia Training Authority (NTA)-authorised curriculum, thus they stopped teaching.
Kavita said they are still waiting for Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Steve Katjiuanjo to visit the centre and address the problem.
Katjiuanjo was expected to visit the centre in July this year.