27 January 2017 - NFA Girls Centre graduates attend the AfriCat Foundation’s Environmental Education Programme at Okonjima Lodge

NFA Girls Centre graduates at AfriCat Foundation Enlarge image NFA Girls Centre graduates at AfriCat Foundation together with Ambassador Schlaga and AfriCat staff (© German Embassy)

The Namibia Football Association (NFA) Girls Centre awarded 12 students each a full year scholarship to study for a Diploma in Restaurant Management with the Silver Spoon Hospitality Academy, after successfully completing a 3 month introductory course to Hospitality Management. The scholarship-programme was made possible through the NFA’s partnership with German Development Cooperation through GIZ and private German partners Futouris e.V. and the TUI Care Foundation. 

The 12 graduates kicked off their scholastic year of training with a 4 day tour to the AfriCat Foundation situated at Okonjima Lodge taking part in their Environmental Education Programme. The tour started on Wednesday 25th January with high-level attendance by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Namibia, Mr. Christian Schlaga and the Head of Cooperation from the German Embassy Mr. Christian Grün. The German partners underlined the importance of the NFA Girls Centre as a safe space for young women to meet, be educated and make use of different sporting activities. Ambassador Schlaga stressed, that “educational programs such as these not only help to empower the girls, but ultimately improve the employability of Namibian women.”

The AfriCat Foundation’s Environmental Education Programme will further compliment and enrich the learning experience of the students who are on the verge of starting their full year diploma course which will run from the 1st of February until the end of 2017. The girls that received the full year scholarships are: Melisa Eises, Jorita Cloete, Martina Shipanga, Anna Marie Shikusho, Sadia Garoes, Jenny Mento, Christiana Kohlman, Gwenneth Narises, Raiza Beukes, Rosalia Silvanus, Melissa Matheus and Jeneal Mouton.

In an effort to further empower the Namibian youth, the NFA Girls Centre, together with GIZ, is aiming to arrange another round of trainings towards the end of the year.