180 students benefit from green hydrogen scholarship programme


Green hydrogen has made a significant impact in Namibia, and the results of investments made towards this ambitious project can already be seen.

These were the sentiments expressed by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation, Natalia |Goagoses, at the Green Hydrogen Symposium.

Since 2022, over 180 students have benefited from the Namibia Youth for Green Hydrogen Scholarship Programme.

The programme, which is fully funded, is a collaborative effort between the German and Namibian governments. 

NANSO launches Access to Higher and Vocational Education Campaign


Namibia National Students Organisation (NANSO) has officially launched the "Access to Higher and Vocational Education Campaign," aiming to revolutionise student funding through political discourse. 

The campaign underscores a commitment to affordable, accessible, equitable, and quality higher education. Help desks will be established in all higher learning institutions nationwide to assist students and trainees with their concerns and inquiries.

VTC's pump 462 graduates into market


462 trainees received qualifications in various technical fields at Ongwediva during a joint graduation ceremony for the Valombola, Nakayale, and Eenhana vocational training centres.

The graduation ceremony not only recognised the hard work and dedication of the students but also highlighted the significant role technical education plays in shaping the future of the country.

The graduates, adorned in their caps and gowns, represented a diverse range of technical fields, from auto electrical, carpentry, refrigeration, plumbing, and hospitality, just to mention but a few.

NSCO 2023 opens opportunity to offenders


A brighter future awaits four offenders who are incarcerated at the Windhoek Correctional Facility after they competed and bagged two silver medals at a recent 3rd National Skills Competition (NSCO) at Ongwediva.

The performance and sportsmanship displayed by the offenders left a mark on the Deputy Executive Director in the Ministry of Higher Education, Training, and Innovation, Dr. Raimo Naanda, who, in his personal capacity, sourced sponsorships to enable them to further their abilities once they are released.

SOEs not compelled to seek approval on subsistence & travel allowances 


Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says state-owned enterprises (SOE) are governed by their own laws, and there's no requirement for them to report subsistance and travel allowances to her office.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila was responding to questions raised by Landless People's Movement MP Utaara Mootu on why ministers are given such allowances by parastatals.

Mootu inquired specifically about the Minister of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Itah Kandji-Murangi, who allegedly received S&T allowances in July last year.

National Skills Competition testifies Namibia is moving towards self-reliance 


Over 150 talented competitors from across the country have gathered to showcase their skills in a wide range of trades, including hairdressing, bricklaying, woodwork, hospitality, and many more, for the 3rd edition of the National Skills Competition.

Speaking during the official opening, the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation said the competition is a clear testament that Namibia is fast moving towards self-reliance through robust technical skills.

Natalia |Goagoses was speaking on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.

MHETI bemoans absence of some regions from National Skills Competition 


The Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation noted with concern the absence of some regions from the National Skills Competition.

Natalia |Goagoses said this during the inspection of the participating trades in the competition.

The regions that are not represented are the Kunene, Hardap, and Kavango regions, among others.

The minister says provision needs to be made to ensure that no region is left behind in development.

She further suggested that the country's identity should be portrayed in the skills competition.

All systems go for upcoming National Skills Competition


Despite encountering a few challenges, such as the short supply of materials and equipment in the northern regions, the steering committee of the third National Skills Competition is optimistic that all will be set for the competition on Tuesday.

Speaking to nbc News, the chairperson of the committee, Tobias Nambala, says the procurement of some materials in the northern regions has been a challenge.

He said some of the equipment was damaged during the transportation process from Windhoek.

Nakayale VTC trainees welcome green hydrogen scholarship programme


The Ministry of Higher Education, Technology, and Innovation, in collaboration with the German Government, has agreed to allocate over N$94 million for the 2024 Scholarship Programme for Namibian youth to study green hydrogen-related fields.

The Youth for Green Hydrogen programme offers scholarships to Namibian youth aged between 18 and 35 years in two categories related to the green hydrogen value chain:

The studies range from master's degree disciplines in applied science, renewable energy or sustainable energy systems, logistics, and supply chain management.