MTC endorses Edu Game Namibia to drive digital literacy through gaming

MTC, the leading mobile telecommunications company in Namibia, has announced an endorsement of Edu Game Namibia, a game development company aimed at training the younger generation on game design, development and programming skills.

The endorsement is part of MTC's efforts to support innovative start-ups through its MTC Innovation Centre. Located at the University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Windhoek, the high-tech and state-of-the-art centre provides a space for the creation of ICT products and services, fostering digital skills, literacy and innovation.

Through the collaboration, MTC aims to bridge the gap between university curricula and industry needs, offering students the opportunity to learn practical skills and gain relevant knowledge.

Edu Game Namibia is a game development company that focuses on teaching students the fundamentals of game design, coding and game mechanics. The programme is designed to provide youth with the necessary skills to create games of their own. By partnering with Edu Game Namibia, MTC aims to prepare the younger generation to become creators and not just consumers of gaming products.

Nawa Likando, head of digital transformation and innovation at MTC, said: "We believe that Edu Game Namibia's focus on game development is critical to the knowledge economy, as it prepares the younger generation with skills for the future. MTC is proud to endorse Edu Game Namibia, and we are committed to supporting their efforts to improve the skills of the younger generation".

As part of the endorsement, Edu Game Namibia has access to the MTC Innovation Centre’s equipment, technology support and resources. This will enable the programme to reach more students and parents and expand its offerings to include adult training programmes.

Tutaleni Iilonga, co-founder of Edu Game Namibia, said: "MTC's endorsement has been a significant boost to our efforts. The MTC Innovation Centre has the equipment and resources we need to foster our students' skills, and we are thrilled to have access to it".

The initiative has already received positive feedback from students. Ezra Mulumbwelwa, one of the programme's students, said: "These classes have been so enjoyable and fun; they have really taught me so much about game design. I can't wait to work on my first game".

This endorsement represents a significant step towards advancing digital skills in Namibia and building a knowledge-based economy. With the support of MTC, Edu Game Namibia is well-positioned to train the younger generation and create a pool of skilled game developers.