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High youth unemployment of 43% in Khomas a fundamental concern

High youth unemployment of 43% in Khomas a fundamental concern

Staff Reporter

“THE general unemployment in the region and youth unemployment, particularly for the youth aged 15 to 34, stood at an alarming 43%, of which 40% are male and 46% are female. As such, unemployment among the young people in the Khomas region remains a fundamental challenge as it leads to the prevailing socio-economic issues faced by our young people in the region.”

These were the sentiments of the Khomas regional governor, Laura McLeod–Katjirua at the State of the Region Address (SORA).

McLeod-Katjirua explained that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis further exacerbated the plight of the youth who are left to scramble for limited employment opportunities.

 

SORA: Laura McLeod–Katjirua. Photo: File.

It is for this reasons that all governing structures in our region took robust and responsive interventions in all relevant influential sectors to ensure that young people overcome these emanating socio-economic challenges through some skills upgrade, income generating and self-employment opportunities, the governor shared.

She added that the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service created many viable avenues for youth development and empowerment interventions to ensure the participation of the youth in the mainstream economy by imparting skills to school drop-outs and unemployed young people to make them employable, self-reliant and productive citizens.

In addition to this, McLeod–Katjirua stated that the Khomas regional youth office has been instrumental in availing the Windhoek Multi-purpose Resource Centre for the youth to have access to related youth services such as internet, meeting facilities, skills training empowerment programmes and projects among others.

“The Khomas Regional Youth Office provides young people with soft skills such as basic computer literacy training and tailoring. Due to Covid-19 restrictions during the reporting period only a limited number of trainees could access the training and as such the basic computer training successfully trained only 36 in basic computer literacy and 12 in tailoring,” McLeod-Katjirua explained.

On a positive note, the governor also shared that as part of the ongoing process of establishing 121 Youth constituency Youth Enterprises, the Khomas region has managed to successfully register all ten constituency youth enterprises. The business interest of the ten close corporations ranges from Information and Communications Technology (ICT) service delivery, catering and manufacturing.

“With the aid from the University of Namibia all ten constituencies managed to develop business plans which are ready for funding. The 20/21 financial year was indeed an exciting year for youth civic participation, where young people from all walks of life took up their obligation in different forms to take part in various voluntary activities such as the youth responding to the Covid-19. This initiative saw 40 youth, 12 males and 28 females, carrying out door-to-door house visits to raise awareness about the dangers of Covid-19. This also included the dissemination of information and referral for testing and medical aid,” McLeod–Katjirua said.

She added that the regional sport directorate initiated and coordinated sport policy development and facilitated the implementation of sport development programmes; creating a conducive sporting environment by building and upgrading sport facilities; encouraging inter-linkages and networking between all sports organisations and providing funding for different codes of sport, even though the Covid-19 control measures severely restricted sports activities.

“Khomas Region was still a hive of many diverse sport events that took place, such as motor sport, amateur football, netball, hockey, rugby. The pending plans for 2022 are the renovations and upgrade of the Independence Stadium and the Sam Nujoma Stadium,” the governor concluded.

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