“I am delighted to be here to witness and be part of the inauguration of this important centre,” she said, adding that it is a very good initiative that will complement the ongoing efforts of the government to expand access to hospitality services and training of young Namibians.
The centre is situated at the Zanele Mbeki Pre-Primary School and Day Care Centre in the Grysblok area of Katutura, and currently offers training in areas such as receptionist duties, basic computer literacy, communication skills, waitering, customer care and housekeeping.
It opened its doors for the first time in January this year to 10 students, and runs certificate courses for six months only.
Pohamba said the courses offered at the centre are in accordance with the Namibia Training Authority and Ministry of Education policies.
She noted that the centre will also strengthen and broaden the partnership between the private and public sectors in the provision of training of Namibian people.
“I have no doubt that this centre will contribute positively to the social upliftment of our people, because skills’ development makes people more productive and the industry more competitive,” said the First Lady.
She then urged the leadership of the centre to fulfil its mission and vision of educating and training the youth of Namibia, so that they would contribute to the realisation of Vision 2030.
The centre is an initiative of a young Namibian man named Lukas Hifikepunye Kakoto, a namesake of Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
It also offers training in the field of tourism with a focus on the hospitality industry.
Pohamba said this is commendable because tourism brings over a million visitors to Namibia every year, which means considerable income for the government and the industry.
She then encouraged the centre to continue with its efforts towards the creation of a knowledge-based economy.
Windhoek Central Constituency Councillor Ambrosius Kandjii was also in attendance.