By Confidente Reporter
SEVEN students from Namibia’s vocational training centres will represent the country at the 44th World Skills Competition that takes place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the 14 to 19 October.
World Skills is a non-political organisation with 77 member countries from around the world.
Namibia is among six countries that will represent the African continent at the international competition.
Other countries include South Africa, Zambia, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco.
The Namibian delegation will be led by Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Itah Kandjii-Murangi, and will also include staff members from the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) and experts in various fields. Namibia will be competing in seven of the skills categories, namely bricklaying; carpentry, cooking, electrical installations, joinery, plumbing and heating, as well as wall and floor tiling.
The 2017 WorldSkills Competition will see 1 256 competitors from 58 countries participating in 51 skills.
The young people who will compete in the competition are said to be “the best of the best”. They have already proven their exceptional talents by winning selection to the teams of the 77 World Skills member countries, through qualifying skills competitions.
In a speech read on her behalf by Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Becky Ndjoze-Ojo, at the team send-off last Friday, Kandjii-Murangi said that the competition is an opportunity for the youth to showcase their skills and demonstrate their talents on a global platform, and test themselves against the most demanding international standards.
“The team will get the opportunity for skills exchange and will be able to experience the latest technological innovations and best practices in their respective fields, with an aim to adapt those into our local training system, upon their return. They shall also narrow the gap between themselves and the global best,” Kandjii-Murangi said.
“A skilled citizenry is the backbone of economic development and job creation, and is indeed the engine that should help us achieve Vision 2030. The skills competition agenda is a key accelerator for the development of our local Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system, as it ensures direct access and adaptation of global skills learnt at competitions and related global platforms.
“The transferring of learnt skills, practices and technologies from international best practices, will undoubtedly contribute immensely to the improvement of training standards and practice, and ultimately accelerate the generation of the needed skills in Namibia.”
In addition to the WorldSkills International Competition, there will also be a Ministerial TVET Summit to give high-level platforms to member countries, global sponsors and industry partners to discuss the skills agenda and create collaborative opportunities.
The summit will be hosted by United Arab Emirates Minister of Education, Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, from 16 to 17 October.
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