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Youth from the Otjozondjupa Region were engaged by the agency responsible for engaging in scholarships for Namibia's green hydrogen project.

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) is the implementing body, and it encourages young people to apply for the programme.

SASSCAL administrator Nikanor Nakaleke explained that, while green hydrogen scholarships were open to everyone last year, the Education Ministry this year looks to capacitate the youth in particular.

Scholarships are offered at more than N$394,000 for a masters degree and N$157,000 for technical education trainees to obtain diplomas and certificates.

"You will have a fee every month. You will have something to go buy, toiletries, and so forth. Registration and tuition fees are included, including a laptop. I know ama 2000; they don't go away from technology. PPEs and toolboxes for TVET trainees are very expensive, so they are covered by the scholarship."

Travel and visa expenses for a research, stay, and exchange visit to a German institution or university for up to 6 months are also covered.

Those in attendance wanted to know whether they qualified to apply for the scholarships.

Otjozondjupa Governor James Uerikua advised young people from the region's TVET centres, as well as those focusing on solar energy, to apply for the programme.

"We are facing perpetual energy challenges, yet we live with abundant resources that can actually unlock our green and clean energy potential, as it was said. We have enough, and we have wind and space available. Out of these, we can convert the very natural sources that God has given us through technological reforms and technological advancements that can work to our advantage."

The Youth for Green Hydrogen Scholarship Programme is the result of an agreement between the Namibian and German governments and targets unemployed youth and those in TVET programmes.

The application deadline for the Youth for Green Hydrogen Scholarship Programme is October 6 this year.

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Eveline Paulus