By Johannes Hangula
LAST year First National Bank (FNB) partnered with KAYEC (Katutura Youth Enterprise Centre) Trust in Rundu, to maintain the after-school services that helped 142 youths in Kehemu location to stay in school and build the skills they need in order to succeed.
Under the agreement, the FNB Foundation Trust gave N$415 000 to ensure that Rundu learners, aged 12 to 18, can continue receiving educational and personal support from their local KAYEC Youth Development centre.
Through the FNB support, the KAYEC Rundu after-school programme achieved zero school drop outs this year; proof that with the right support, learners can avoid risks such as early pregnancy. This is especially necessary at the schools KAYEC serves in Rundu, where teenage pregnancy has caused girls to drop out at a rate 1.4 times higher than the national average.
Every weekday afternoon, two full-time KAYEC youth staff and a team of 15 skilled volunteers offer academic enrichment focusing on Mathematics, English and Accounting, plus sports, agriculture, culture, leadership training and discussion of relationships that build on what learners get in school.
Sara Ndara, a regular KAYEC participant and top Grade 8 performer at Dr Romanus Kampungu Secondary School, had dreamed of joining a youth club since she was young, “It’s better to talk at a youth club, because you’ll be given a chance to say what you want, such as talking about teenage pregnancies and peer pressure.”
Soneha Antonio Pedro, who attended KAYEC from Grade 7 and has gone on to study civil engineering at NUST, said: “To me it was like, if I go to KAYEC I don’t have time to go smoke with the other people. I don’t have time to go drink, I don’t have time to go steal. I’m going to do something better at KAYEC”.
Furthermore as strained resources cause youth programs to close, the partnership between FNB Namibia and KAYEC ensures an essential service that Rundu youths may find nowhere else. This year, Rundu schools invited KAYEC to facilitate life skills for an extra 818 students, and social workers teamed up with KAYEC to arrange outreach in Sauyemwa and to receive youths with drug problems.
According to Ms. Benedikta Kamunoko, acting deputy director of the Rundu office of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, “KAYEC is the only youth organisation left in Rundu; I don’t know what we were supposed to do without them”.
Revonia Kahivere of FNB Foundation added: “FNB invested in KAYEC’s proven record to strengthen the life options of Rundu youths. Since 2009, wonderful results have been achieved and the FNB Foundation supports a number of pillars which include education and financial literacy, skills and capacity development, sport, arts and culture, community and health development and of course the environmental guardianship. Youth enterprise development and education and training are part of our President’s Harambee plan and we support this plan to educate as many Namibians as possible so that they can become employees or employers”.
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