Improving vocational training applied to the Namibian agricultural sector


Erasmus+ Project: Strengthen Namibia’s ATVET providers in support of the national agricultural sector by introducing two additional agricultural qualifications

Namibia must intensify its efforts to capacitate youth to engage in agricultural production and actively support value addition through supportive management capacities to ensure sustainability and success. Six agricultural qualifications have thus been developed and are currently offered by national Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education (ATVET) providers.

The need for management capacities in the agricultural sector was addressed by developing two management qualifications at Level 4 and Level 5 of the National Qualifications Framework.

These two qualifications, National Vocational Certificate in Agriculture (l4) and National Diploma in Farm Management (L5), are registered with the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) and accredited by the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) but not yet offered by any ATVET training provider in Namibia.

The project aims to develop the materials and capacities needed to provide these management qualifications, thereby increasing the number of individuals with management skills in the agricultural sector.

Humana Fundación Pueblo para Pueblo coordinated consortium together with DAPP Namibia, DITSL (Deutsches Institut für tropische und Subtropische Landwirtschaft) NEVU (Nevsehir Haci Bektas Veli University), NUST (Namibia University of Science and Technology) NEF/GAN (Namibian Employers Federation) will implement the project Erasmus+ through nine different work packages.

The overall project aim is to contribute to sustainable socioeconomic development among youth in Namibia. Specifically, the project will contribute to improve the quality of the Namibian ATVET programs and ATVET services providing and access to local markets.

The project objectives are:

  • To build capacity of VET providers
  • To improve the quality and responsiveness of VET
  • To align VET providers to local, regional and national development strategies

The project's launch ceremony took place on 19 March 2024 at Arebbusch Travel Lodge in Windhoek, Namibia, and was led by Kirsten Moeller Jensen, Managing Director at DAPP Namibia. Also, in attendance were: Ana Beatriz Marins, EU Ambassador in Namibia; Lisho Mundia, Director of Research and Innovation in the Ministry of Higher Education; Technology and Innovation; Tobias Nambala, General Manager TVET Regulation from the Namibia Training Authority, and representatives from the project consortium, project partners and stakeholders.

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