By Confidente Reporter
THE Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, Charles Kabajani, officially launched the Afrox Leadership Academy, an initiative by Afrox Namibia, in Windhoek on 10 April 2018.
Afrox Namibia commissioned research to identify the best possible methods for their intervention in skills development and poverty eradication. Following the research, the management of Afrox Namibia embarked on the ambitious goal of initiating the Afrox Leadership Academy. The project is not merely another Corporate Social Investment (CSI) programme, but a firm commitment to the realisation of real transformation through equipping the youth with the necessary soft skills to make a tangible impact in their communities. Eckhardt Vorster, the Managing Director of Afrox Namibia, said, “We, at Afrox, are passionate about making a meaningful contribution to the wellbeing of not only our employees and their benefactors but also the communities in which we operate.
We desire to play our part in the realisation of our national development goals, and we believe this initiative will act as a catalyst to address poverty eradication and skills development at a grass roots level.” The Leadership Academy will host 16 (sixteen) Grade 10 learners chosen from these schools and will run over a 6 (six)-month period. The programme will cover a one-week leadership training camp, followed by active engagement in community projects for which they will receive mentorship and assistance to help them operationalize the project. The Academy will select students who achieved at least a 60 percent grade average for the previous academic year. In addition, these learners should be involved in extra-mural activities, be proficient in English, commit to working on a community project and are recommended by their teachers. “This is a ground breaking occasion for Afrox Namibia, and as a reflection of our commitment and belief in this programme, Afrox Namibia will cover all the costs involved in the execution of this programme.
“We are confident that the programme will in the long accelerate the emergence of well-trained, responsible citizens who will not wait for government interventions but will employ their skills to the benefit of their communities and the country at large,” Vorster said
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