Poly Rector, Prof Tjama Tjivikua, and ATCK Acting Chairperson, Steve Hirst, signed the agreement that will focus on the activities at the Poly in the fields of curriculum development of agriculture, hospitality and tourism. The Poly will also engage in capacity building and skills development of the training staff of the ATCK.
At the signing of the agreement, Tjivikua pointed to a need to strengthen local sectors in terms of human resources and research capacity at different levels. “This partnership is, therefore, significant to us at the Poly, but more so to the agriculture and tourism sub-sectors of the economy, since it gives us all an opportunity to effectively continue to provide the required education and training, skills transfer and knowledge creation at different levels,” he said.
According to Hirst, the public private partnership will open a new chapter in the ATCK’s ability to serve the Namibian public. He expressed the hope that the relationship between the Poly and the ATCK will be the first step towards a long line of integration and cooperation between the two institutions.
Founded in 2008, the ATCK is Namibia’s first training centre in agricultural production and farm household management. It engages young people who are trained to master the challenges of practical farming and household management.