AFTER all the experience, knowledge and skills I acquired during the Mandela Washington Fellowship, I was fully prepared on how I will contribute to the Namibian House.
That led me to established Possibility Thinkers. Its aim is to equip, transform, and mentor the youth. Possibility Thinkers creates basic and practical sessions and lessons on how the youth can start their careers and businesses.
Its mission is to prepare the youth as responsible members of the community and partakers in the economic wealth of the country, through training that can ideally unlock their potential as future assets.
This is done firstly through empowering themselves and others, and secondly, through managing or driving entrepreneurship that will generate income. Thirdly, it is about owning an existing or upcoming economic venture, and lastly, by possessing marketable, entrepreneurial and sustainable skills. However, we are all aware that there is a concern that the youth unemployment rate is one of the major economic problems facing Namibia, even though the youth represents viable economic assets for the future.
Possibility Thinkers provides youth with the tools, training and support to live and stand for human values, whilst developing initiatives they are passionate about, and that meet the needs of communities.
The objective is to organise youth as a target market, who actively engage in youth dialogue and amplify their concerns to the Namibian society, through the youth agenda.
I perceived that youth are neglected and that this could lead to socio-economic marginalisation of the youth.
Many young people are economically unengaged and unproductive, and that certainly robs the country.
The energy and genius of the youth lies dormant, and that will pose a serious social threat to the future economic prosperity of the Namibian economy.
In a nutshell, Possibility Thinkers believes that turning this around cannot be done by one party, because what I took from the fellowship was the Ubuntu spirit that says: I am because you are. By adopting this spirit, it develops a spider web doctrine that speaks of inclusivity. This doctrine leads us to buy into the Harambee spirit that says: Let us pull in one direction.
This spirit leads us to reach out to the relevant stakeholders to work with us, in combating the ever-increasing youth unemployment rate in the country.
It ensures that youth get involved in civil society structures, government institutions and private and public sector entities.
Po s s i b i l i t y Thinkers is focal body, where banks, government and private companies, to mention a few, are collaborated with, in order to empower the youth.
This will create transparency in our dealings, while it will also allow youth to be considered, in terms of matters that concern them.
Our focus is to capacitate youth at grassroots levels and to streamline the relevant information and funding from our stakeholders and partners.
I would like to challenge or urge our government, individuals, successful entrepreneurs, civil society, trade unions and chief executives of all private and public institutions, to play a role in terms of re-orientating their financing towards youth empowerment.
We target all youth that may be differently capable, from all spheres or walks of life.
This includes rural, urban, literate and benighted youth, so that we can cater for their developmental needs.
This contribute towards the country’s overall economic growth and development strategy, as contained in the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the Sustainable Development Goal 1, 2 , 4 and 9, Agenda 2063 (aspiration number six), the Fifth National Development Plan and Vision 2030.
Possibility Thinkers emulates the spider web doctrine by connecting the missing dots in the economic emancipation of Namibians. Firstly, it disseminates its programme to those who are on the margins of society.
Secondly, it enunciates to the relevant partner, to join hands to empower the youth.
We have designed a system of monitoring those who went through its programmes, by mentoring and coaching them.
What is needed now is to secure funding for these participants. After the participants undergo scrutiny and training, Possibility Thinkers hosts a pitching competition, where partners, stakeholders and relevant bodies, who is willing to release its funds to the youth, or want to contribute through mentorship and coaching, can participate. They can become judges at the competition and award the participants, either financially or through mentorship.
Basically, Possibility Thinkers inhabits a web that links needy hands with helping hands.
The web becomes complete when we build the Namibians House as one family that believes in the doctrine of Ubuntu and Harambee!
Possibility Thinkers can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or +26481 478 5136.
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