The Public Service Commission recently recruited 519 Children of the Liberation Struggle after they completed six months of civic and vocational training, Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Nangula Mbako, has said.
Mbako said this last week, while responding to questions by the Windhoek Observer about Government’s effort in addressing the plight of the controversial ‘struggle kids’.
She said Government employed the ‘struggle kids’ after they underwent six months of training, which included two months of civic training and four months of vocational training.
“Of the above figure, 273 Children of the Liberation Struggle (CLS) underwent a combined six months of civic and vocational training at Berg Aukas, which was completed in April 2017. A further 246 Children of the Liberation Struggle were trained in civic and vocational training at Simon Mutumba Mutumba Training Centre from January to May 2017.
“In addition, 170 Children of the Liberation Struggle commenced their civic training at Kai//Kanaxab Training Centre and are expected to complete the vocational training by August 2017.
“So far, 519 CLS have undergone training in different technical areas such as motor mechanics, plumbing, welding, building and construction, electrical installation and electronics,” Mbako said.
Out of the 519 ‘struggle kids’ that were hired by the Public Service Commission, 456 were employed in various ministries and 63 in State-owned enterprises (SOEs) at entry level positions.
In addition, 53 Children of the Liberation Struggle are undergoing vocational training at NIMT in Arandis.
NIMT, in collaboration with the mining industry and other stakeholders, are said to have pledged to employ the ‘struggle kids’ upon completion of their training.
There are over 11,000 ‘struggle kids’ registered with Namibian Exile Kids Association (NEKA), which was formed in 2008 to address issues faced by children who were born or grew up in exile.
Most of them, who are between the ages of 30 and 45, say they lost their parents during the war and Government promised to take care of them after independence.