The initiative comes from an agreement between CED and the National Disability Council of Namibia, with the support from Nampower Foundation and the Development Bank of Namibia.
The aim of the programme is to equip persons with disabilities with the relevant skills and know-how, that will enable them to improve their livelihoods.
Okeri Uremena, one of the trainees, said: “This is a dream come true. I have a sewing business but I lacked the necessary knowledge to manage my finances effectively, but with this training I now know how to operate my business more profitably.”
Helena Ilovu, the SME Development Officer at CED said: “One of the major challenges of persons with disabilities in the country is to get access to quality training opportunities and therefore, I am very happy that NUST through the CED has bridged that gap.”
Through programmes such as this, NUST shows its commitment to providing capacity-building interventions to local communities, to ensure that the informal market can eventually ‘graduate’ to the formal level.
The University continues to strengthen ties with industry as a way of building capacity and making its programmes relevant in the 21st century.