Investing in education

15 September 2021 | Education

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) recently hosted 16 young Namibians on an industrial tour of its Walvis Bay facilities.

The Marine Engineering students from the Namibian University of Science and Technology (NUST) are currently visiting other companies in Walvis Bay to gain practical training as part of their experiential academic requirements.

The students were exposed to the engineering aspect of the maritime industry during their visit to Namport.

“As part of Namibian Ports Authority’s quest to develop and nurture maritime skills from a young age, Namport initiated the ‘Catch-Them-Young’ Maritime Scheme in 2013. The scheme aims to foster a strong interest among young Namibians to embark on a maritime career,” explained Elias Mwenyo, Namport executive for commercial services.

Mwenyo said that in order to realise this, the entity entered into an agreement with the Lawhill Maritime Centre, which is part of the Simon’s Town School in Cape Town.

“The Centre agreed to accommodate qualifying Namibian learners from high school level in the Centre’s curriculum. Since the programme’s inception, 12 learners have successfully completed their schooling at the cost of over N$1 million. These learners have subsequently progressed to tertiary level studies in the maritime field.”

He highlighted that this commitment from Namport is cemented in the aim of contributing to the wellbeing and improvement of Namibian citizens and creating a pool of wealth in the maritime industry.

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