During a brief signing ceremony on campus, the Vice-Rector: Academic Affairs and Research, Dr Andrew Niikondo, said the exposure and experience that students will acquire at the two NGOs will result in them graduating with subject knowledge as well as ethical skills that will make them highly esteemed and responsible people in their communities.
“I appreciate the fact that we are signing these MoAs with these two NGOs as this is another effort to practically involve students in activities geared towards solving issues of gender-based violence and child abuse in Namibia,” Dr Niikondo said.
Anna Matebele, National Director of Lifeline/ Childline Namibia, thanked the Poly’s Cooperative Education Unit (CEU) for assisting her organisation with student interns. “I wish to highlight the incredible help and support that the CEU has given us and for its flexibility and ability to provide us with suitable candidates within very short periods of time. This has helped the organisation immensely and we are thankful that the CEU plays such an effective coordinating role to link organisations like ours to the Polytechnic.
“The support we receive from a broad variety of interns and soon-to-be graduates from the Polytechnic has been incredibly rewarding. In return, we offer invaluable real-life working experience within guided and supported structures. We look forward to this partnership and trust that it will yield favourable outcomes for all involved,” Matabele said.
Salatiel Shinedima, Executive Director of WAD, said his organisation firmly believes that the partnership will provide students with appropriate skills that will enable them to become valuable assets to their future employers. He said students equipped with appropriate practical skills will be able to make a valuable contribution to the socio-economic development of Namibia.
He commended the initiative and urged other tertiary institutions to follow the Poly’s example.