Several programmes aimed at empowering Namibian youth are not operating on full throttle due to limited state funding. The Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service Jerry Ekandjo revealed in his budget motivation speech recently that the limited funding continues to have an adverse effect on programmes such as vocational education and training, multi-purpose youth resource centres and the Namibian Youth Credit Scheme. About N$491 million has been allocated to the Ministry for the 2016/17 financial year. According to Ekandjo, there are four operational skills training centers under the Ministry offering various trades and courses. “During the financial year 2015/16 753 youth respectively were trained and graduated at these above-mentioned centres. This is a decrease of 117 in the number of trainees compared to the previous financial year.
The variance is due to outdated training equipment and machinery which could not be replaced owing to declining budget allocated,” he said. The veteran politician also lamented the fact that the number of trainees at Multi -Purpose Youth Resource Center countrywide dropped from 1733 in 2014 to 1649 in 2015. “This is attributed to the outdated training equipment such as computers and sewing machines which could not be replaced due to lack of funds,” Ekandjo said. The centers provide training in areas such as tailoring, dressmaking, hospitality, catering and basic computer literacy.