Rehabilitation paves the way to a better future

On Wednesday, the Namibia Training Authority (NTA) and the Namibian Correctional Services (NCS) signed a memorandum of understanding.

28 September 2018 | Local News

Elizabeth Joseph



This formalises and sets in stone the longstanding ties of collaboration between the two institutions. ”As an overarching objective, this agreement anticipates the delivery of the Namibia Qualifications Authority-accredited technical and vocational training qualifications at training facilities at prisons countrywide,” said NTA CEO, Jerry Beukes.

The NTA will now be required to render affiliated assessment and certification services at these training facilities. The two institutions committed themselves towards fast-tracking and expediting the process of formalising all NCS technical and vocational training programmes.

Deputy Commissioner-General Raphael Hamunyela shared similar sentiments and said that this marks a relationship which aims to strengthen and add value to the lives of inmates.

In more depth, the agreement makes provision for things such as technical support towards the registration of NCS training facilities; quality assurance services that will ensure registration accreditation of NCS training facilities with the NTA and NQA respectively, and also the monitoring and evaluation of the training, to mention a few.

Although the partnership is just taking form now and finding its feet, the inmates have already proved that they are driven and determined to write their own ending and make theirs a success story.

The deputy commissioner, with his staff and colleagues, including the officer in charge, Deputy Commissioner Manfred Jatamunua took guests around the workshop to see the work that the inmates have done so far.

“No one is forced to work and stay busy, but we try and encourage all the inmates to find their place and help themselves to be integrated back into society upon their release,” said Commissioner Mariana Martin.

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