THE Participatory Tools for Human Development with the Youth, also known as the PARTY Project, was launched last week in Windhoek.
The initiative was introduced last year, therefore the launch also served as a milestone celebration.
The project is an international multi-stakeholder initiative, under the leadership of the University of Lapland in Finland, and is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framwork Programme. The Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) is one of the Southern African host partners, whose contribution is based on expertise in community-based technology development.
The project is taking place under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Scheme, and is aimed at addressing challenges faced by marginalised unemployed youth. The partners, who are from Finland, the United Kingdom, Italy and South Africa came together to consolidate their efforts in implementing the project. Furthermore, the project endorses human development and the involvement and inclusion of young Khoisan people in developmental initiatives in South Africa and Namibia. This is achieved by using participatory and explorative service design tools. NUST Vice-Chancellor, Dr Tjama Tjivikua, highlighted some of the university’s milestones, in line with uplifting marginalised communities.
“The Faculty of Computing and Informatics at NUST has a world-renowned reputation in the field of participatory design with indigenous and marginalised communities.
Over the past decade, the faculty has developed numerous innovative technologies with and for rural indigenous elders, Khoisan and unemployed youth in the informal
settlement of Havana in Windhoek,” Dr Tjivikua remarked.
The Ambassador of Finland to Namibia, Her Excellency, Anne Saloranta, said, “Combining expertise and views from different fields enables participants to find innovative solutions and ways of reducing unemployment among the Khoisan youth.”
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