WINDHOEK: The Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN) will from next year onwards offer a course on football management.
The PoN and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) unveiled these plans yesterday, saying they have agreed to join forces and cooperate on sports education and training.
The agreement is said to be the first of its kind in Africa between a football association and an institute of higher education.
The working relationship and cooperation between the two institutions was formalised through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Polytechnic Rector, Dr Tjama Tjivikua and NFA Secretary-General Barry Rukoro here.
Also present at the signing ceremony was Ashford Mamelodi, the International Federation of Football Associations’ (FIFA) Development Officer for southern Africa.
A joint media statement issued by the two institutions said they will also collaborate towards the establishment of a football/sports institute or academy in the near future.
2 (WINDHOEK) – There is an urgent need to invest in skills for the youth, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said today.
Unesco Director-General Irina Bokova said the young generation is frustrated by the chronic mismatch between skills and work in the 10th Education for All Global Monitoring Report titled Putting Education to Work, and released recently.
She was quoted as saying in a media statement issued today that the best answer to the economic downturn and youth unemployment is to ensure that young people acquire the basic skills and relevant training they need to enter the world of work with confidence.
Bokova also said many young women in particular need to be offered alternative pathways for an education so that they can gain the skills needed to earn a living, live in dignity and contribute to their communities and societies.
According to the report issued by, about 200 million people aged 15 to 24 have not even completed primary school, and need alternative pathways to acquire basic skills for employment and prosperity in developing countries.
It raised the concern that the world’s youth population is larger than ever before, and one in eight young people are unemployed while over a quarter are trapped in jobs that keep them on or below the poverty line.