On display were the results of a project known as ‘Youth for Youth,’ initiated by the Namibia Business Innovation Institute (NBII), the School of Computing and Informatics and RLabs Namibia, which aims to assist Poly students and other youth to create possible projects with which they can generate an income by using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Lisa Onwordi, Young Talents Project Manager at NBII, said the project was launched because the Institute believes that the youth are one of the most precious resources for national socio-economic and technology development in Namibia. “The youth hold a pivotal place as catalysts of true change in our society and they have an important role to play at the forefront of change and innovation in Namibia,” Onwordi said.
The projects were introduced during a formal ceremony held at the NBII Café Wakey Wakey in Windhoek, where Mandela Kapere, Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Council of Namibia (NYC), applauded the ‘Youth for Youth’ initiative. He also made a plea to adults to consult with the youth before making any decisions that will affect them. “It is important that we include the young people in our discussions about employment challenges,” he said.
Kapere said that young people have started to express their discontent with the direction the world is going, and that in Namibia there is a sense of urgency among the youth, as evidenced by the current land issue that speaks to that urgency. “It is therefore important that young people should be at the centre of our discussions. Their views must be considered because young people are more likely to be affected by what we decide to do. We need to put them at the centre of social innovation, especially in this era when we are lost for new ideas,” Kapere said. He pledged that the NYC would partner with RLabs Namibia and any other institution that is interested in making a contribution to the youth’s issues.
Young people who are interested in obtaining more information, may contact Lisa Onwordi at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone (061) 207 2046.