As part of our youth engagement aims, the Southern Africa Network for Biosciences attended the Ritja Career Fair, an initiative that was started in 2013 in Windhoek to encourage, motivate and guide young people in Namibia to strive towards contributing to Namibia’s development and sustainability in various sectors. The fair also addressed issues concerning choices of career path and the requirement thereof. The Career Fair creates a platform for networking, collaborations to interact and share information amongst stakeholders from across the board, including participants from diverse organizations and institutions across Namibia.
This year the event was held in Omaruru, Erongo, a region that lies along the coast line of the Namibia, on Saturday 11 February 2017 and was graced by the Erongo Regional governor Hon Cleophas Mutjavikua, and a speech from the Hon Laura Mcleod-Katjirua, the Khomas regional governor. During his speech the Hon Governor of Erongo highlighted the importance of innovation and discipline required to achieve Namibia’s developmental goals and the crucial role the Namibian youth play in contributing towards innovation for economic empowerment.
The SANBio Student Ambassador for Namibia, Hatago ≠Aibate Stuurmann, gave a presentation on biomedical sciences in everyday life, and the role played by NEPAD SANBio in the Southern African region. Other presentations were given from fields such as Law, Medicine, Nursing, Agriculture, Education, Research, Hospitality and Tourism. Three schools from Erongo region attended the event with principals, teachers and over 200 students from grades 10-12.