WINDHOEK: The Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Alpheus Muheua said, if Namibia is to create better employment opportunities for the citizenry, the country must start with the provision of quality education for the youth.
Muheua who launched two publications of the National Youth Council (NYC) which deals with unemployment among the youth, here on Monday said, there is a close correlation between quality education and decent employment.
He added that anecdotally people who are well educated are likely to get decent employment.
He noted that while education opportunities may be provided, the onus for the acquisition of knowledge lies with the learner or student saying that the transformation of learning into education is largely a product of their attitude, the youth towards education.
“You must beware that knowledge might pursue you up the door of a sherbeen instead of you pursuing it up to university. We must strive to acquire education which is internationally accepted,” he stressed.
The honourable thing to do is to get educated than to allow illiteracy to settle in the midst, he said adding that most of the youth are able to reproduce, in other words the youth can have children.
The youth who are parents must however strive to provide quality education to their children then they can be honourable parents, he said.
The Deputy Labour Minister noted that Namibia must strive to acquire education that will give the youth freedom to work anywhere in this world not forgetting the allegiance to the motherland, Namibia.
Added Muheua: “ We should thus top up our desire for free tertiary education with the acquisition of freeing education, a type of education that does not limit our cognitive horizons.”
According to him, the barometer of whether a nation is developed or not, good or bad, largely depends on the provision of quality education and the availability of decent employment.
The issue of education, he added should be looked at on a quantitative and qualitative basis explaining that the quantitative aspect may cover the extent to which the Namibian people have access to education.
He added that the second dimension which is qualitative involves the government providing the relevant infrastructure such as good teachers, laboratories amongst others, and the students bringing their part (learning) so as to have good grades and best qualifications.
“It is, therefore popular to us, politicians to make sure that we deal with these issues because they serve as the face of the nation. It is however not easy for the planners to be able to provide these services without cracking their heads,” he said.
Meanwhile, the two publications launched are entitled: “ Youth unemployment: The Namibian context in perspective 2012,” and the: “ Youth striving for free quality education and decent employment for all,” which contains discussions during its fourth National Youth Week held in Rundu early this year.