WINDHOEK: Close to 170 unemployed young people graduated in subjects such as computer literacy, office administration and tailoring from the Women’s Action for Development (WAD) Rehoboth Training Centre on Tuesday.
For the past 18 years, WAD has been empowering primarily poor, unskilled rural people in social upliftment fields of development.
The graduation ceremony, which was held in Rehoboth, was addressed by Deputy Minister of Lands and Resettlement Theo Diergaardt.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Tuesday said Diergaardt told the attendees that the centre serves as a catchment area for school leavers and school dropouts, and has trained a lot of unemployed young people.
“This centre, since its establishment, has succeeded in giving hope and opening doors and windows of opportunities for many young people. In my view, it is a beacon of hope which can change lives,” he said.
Diergaardt motivated the present youths by saying that by having the right attitude, they can achieve their dreams, before stating that they should also “internalise” Namibia’s Vision 2030 development plan to ensure that its objectives are met.
He then told them to stay committed to their dreams, adding that they should also make the choice to abstain from sex, alcohol, drugs, and places such as clubs.
“Acquaint yourself with dream-builders and successful people. Your realisation that you are a star should govern you and make you stronger and motivated each day,” Diergaardt said.