The planned construction of a vocational training institution at Opuwo could see the large number of high school dropouts, who aimlessly roam the streets of the town, become a thing of the past.
The Opuwo Constituency Councillor, Kazeongere Tjeundo, explained that the construction of what will be known as the ‘Kunene Youth Rural Centre’ will commence in October and November at a cost of at least N$80 million.
“We hope the construction will be completed by May next year. We are pushing because there have been many delays in the past regarding this project,” Tjeundo said.
He said the future institution, which is the brainchild of the Kunene Regional Council, will serve not only high school dropouts in Opuwo but the entire Kunene Region.
“There are many Grade 10 and 12 dropouts who are just in villages with nothing to do. We believe that with this project many people will get the necessary skills that will change their future for the better.”
Tjeundo said the number of dropouts at Opuwo and the surrounding areas is alarming. “If you take a Grade 10 class with 100 learners, only 20 percent progress to the next grade,” Tjeundo said.
The planned new vocational training institution will offer courses in welding, hospitality and creative artwork.
Ben Ndjai, a teacher at the Alpha Combined School in Opuwo, noted that indeed the vocational institution is a godsend.
“It will take our youth from the bars and streets and give them knowledge to become something in future,” Ndjai said.