OTJIWARONGO: Sixteen youth officers around the country representing each region are gathered here in a two-week teaching training course at a local lodge in Otjiwarongo.
The Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture’s HIV/AIDS coordinator Veronica Mokaleng-Kuzeeko told Nampa in an interview on Friday that her ministry is funding the course.
She said the teaching training course started on Monday this week and ends on Friday, 10 August.
One of the facilitators, Ben Katamila said the course will capacitate the present regional youth officers here to be able to go back to their respective regions and conduct own training sessions to some out of school youths on different topics.
“It’s an initiative of the Ministry of Youth to see to it that the 13 regional youth officers present here become experts in conducting training workshops on different topics to their respective areas,” he noted.
He said the training course will ensure that regional youth officers learn to develop training materials, conduct seminars in rural areas, develop teaching curriculums, plan for a training and present it to the out of school youths in their regions.
A center development officer in the Hardap Region, Faith Lilemba attending the course thanked the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture for organising this course.
She said the course has equipped her with teaching skills, workshop coordinating skills and how to present a lesson to an audience.
“I have learnt a lot like how to prepare for a seminar, a forum or a training workshop. Therefore what is left now is for me to go back to Hardap Region and implement everything I have learnt here,” she said.
Lilemba says as long as resources are availed and given to her to conduct different training sessions in Hardap Region she will proudly to do it in her all regional constituencies.
Emily Karambuka, the Kavango Regional youth officer also told Nampa in an interview of some technical teaching methods she acquired from the course.
“I have learnt to create a platform where a dialogue can be held between me and my clients in a rural set up,” she said.
She said since Kavango Region is faced with high teenage pregnancy, she will go back and create platforms on which youths will be informed about the dangers involved in failing pregnant at young age.
“Teenage pregnancy in Kavango Region is a concern to all of us, and thus it has to be tackled by all of us using different means,” she said.
Karambuka suggests tackling teenage pregnancy in her region by organising platforms for the youths in different villages, teaming up with health workers who will then talk to them on that topic.
The course has also a component dealing with HIV/AIDS, being taught to the regional youth officers present here.