Gerold Dreyer, our second winner

I saw and heard about Welwitschia when a friend of mine liked your Facebook page. I read your biography and I was instantly interested in the page.

I would like to be more involved in your organisation by informing my friends of relevant internship and scholarship opportunities by sharing the posts and encouraging more friends to like the page.

I will definitely recommend Welwitschia to my friends. It is informative and educational and a go-to place if one wants to find a scholarship either locally or abroad. One can also read about internships and this is a central zone that informs the youth about opportunities. I find that your Facebook page can change many people’s lives by informing them of these opportunities offered by various organisations.

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Alles hat ein Ende – There is always an end

Ich kam nach Namibia mit dem Ziel Bewerbungstrainings zu halten und Welwitschia etwas bekannter zu machen. Nach zwei Monaten kann ich sagen, dass diese Ziele erreicht wurden und die Ergebnisse noch darüber hinausgehen. Die Bewerbungstrainings waren allesamt erfolgreich. In Windhoek kamen 32 Interessierte und haben alle aktiv teilgenommen, ähnlich sind die beiden anderen Workshops verlaufen.

Nach dem ersten Bewerbungstraining, das ich mit unserer jetzigen Vorsitzenden gehalten habe, kamen sechs Schülerinnen auf uns zu und fragten, ob sie sich für uns engagieren könnten, ohne dass wir die Möglichkeit ausgesprochen haben. Diese Möglichkeit haben wir am Schopfe gepackt und mit ihnen begonnen Details zu besprechen. Den zweiten Workshop in Kuisebmund habe ich dann bereits mit einer der Schülerinnen gehalten. Als wir dann beschlossen ein erstes Treffen zu veröffentlichen, haben 13 Leute zugesagt, eine sehr gute Basis um eine Organisation zu gründen. In den folgenden Wochen haben wir viel an der Struktur von “Welwitschia – Education Initiative for Namibia” gearbeitet und schließlich eine Satzung verfasst, unterschrieben und einen Vorstand gewählt. Inzwischen wurden einige Ideen gesammelt, was in den nächsten Wochen getan werden muss. Hohe Priorität ein eigenes Büro in Windhoek um den persönlichen Kontakt mit unseren Nutzern herstellen zu können, sie mit Informationsmaterial zu versorgen, ihnen die Möglichkeit zu geben ihre Lebensläufe und Anschreiben vorbeizubringen und um Rat zu fragen. Hierfür suchen wir noch nach Spenden, da es uns bisher nicht möglich war ein Office umsonst zu bekommen. Momentan haben wir ein Angebot über N$3500 (ca. 240€) pro Monat an wobei Wasser, Strom und Internet inbegriffen sind. Zudem benötigen wir noch Ausstattung wie einen Drucker, Telefon, Schreibtisch und Regal.

Inzwischen ist die Gruppe auf 17 junge Menschen angewachsen und wöchentlich kommen mehr hinzu. Viele SchülerInnen und StudentInnen suchen eine Beschäftigung neben der Schule bzw. Universität oder möchten sich sozial engagieren, haben jedoch keine Möglichkeit gefunden. Mit Welwitschia haben sie diese gefunden und gehen auch hoch motiviert an die Arbeit. Wir sehen sehr zuversichtlich in die Zukunft und sind uns sicher, dass Welwitschia Namibia unsere Organisation weiter voranbringen kann um unser Ziel zu erreichen die Bildungssituation in Namibia zu verbessern.

Weiterhin habe ich in den letzten beiden Monaten viele Kontakte geknüpft. Unter anderem werden wir mit CATS zusammenarbeiten, eine Organisation die duale Ausbildung nach deutschem Vorbild in Namibia etablieren möchte, wird die Welwitschia-Gruppe in Namibia Workshops anbieten. Sie setzen sich zudem dafür ein Welwitschia in Namibia bekannter zu machen.

Ich habe in acht Wochen viele Menschen getroffen, die sehr begeistert von unserer Organisation sind und davon überzeugt sind, dass wir den richtigen Ansatz gefunden haben: Nicht nur Geld in ein Land zu überweisen und hoffen, dass es richtig verwendet wird sondern direkt vor Ort eine Organisation zu etablieren, den persönlichen Kontakt herzustellen und auch Unterstützung anzubieten, die nicht unbedingt Geld benötigt. Wir haben in den letzten Monaten einen großen Schritt getan unsere gesetzten Ziele zu erreichen, ein gutes Zeichen sind hierfür die vielen NamibierInnen mit denen ich gesprochen habe, die allesamt unsere Vorhaben unterstützenswert finden und uns teilweise auch aktiv unterstützen.

I came to Namibia with the aim to host application trainings and to promote our initiative. After two months, I can say that these goals were achieved and the final results are even beyond our grasp. The application trainings were successfull with 32 participants only in WIndhoek and comparable numbers in Kuisebmund and Okakarara.

After the first application workshop, which I hosted with our current chairwoman, six girls approached us and asked how they can get involved in Welwitschia without even making public that it was possible. Glad that they asked, we invited them to discuss the details. Having published a meeting on our Facebook page, 13 people showed up and it became clear that it is possible to register our initiative also in Namibia. We have worked on the structure of “Welwitschia – Education Initiative for Namibia”, adopted a constitution and elected our Management Committee. We further collected ideas about future activities and fundraising events. One of our priorities is our own office in Windhoek in order to offer personal contact to our users and to provide them with offline information material. They will further have the possibility to hand in the CVs and cover letters in order to have them corrected. For this project we are looking for donations as it was not possible to find an office free of charge. We have an office of N$3500-00 (approx. 240€) per month close to the Polytechnic of Namibia. We will further need office facilities such as a printer, telephone, desk, chairs and a shelf.

Our group has increased to 17 young people in the meantime and more are coming every week. Many learners and students seek for an organisation that keeps them busy besides school and university or want to be actively engaged in the community. With Welwitschia they have found such an opportunity and get to work highly motivated. We look ahead confidently and are sure that Welwitschia Namibia will further bring forward our organisation in order to achieve our goal to improve the education situation in Namibia.

I have networked with several organisations such as CATS, a business administration skills development programme that combines theoretical learning and practical experience in the workplace. Welwitschia Namibia will host workshops at their seminar whereas CATS will support us by promoting our organisation.

I met many people in the past eight weeks that are excited about Welwitschia and are convinced that we found the right approach: Not only transferring money and hoping that it will be used for the right scopes but to establish an organisation on the spot, build up personal contact and also offer support that does not necessarily need money. We made a big step forward to achieve our goals. A good indicator for that are the many people I was talking with who were all supportive and also partly want to get involved actively.

End of essay competition

We asked the users of our NamCareerService to write an essay about how and why they would change the Namibian education system. Five essays were submitted and we have two winners of N$500 each. One chosen by our users through liking their favourite essay and the second by a jury from Welwitschia – Education Initiative for Namibia. Read here what our users’ choice has to say about her price: Veronika Kaxweka. Congratulations!

“I found Welwitschia on my Facebook wall as daily RSS feed, seeing our education system declining every year it gave me a passion of really trying to write something about how it. If someone in Namibia reads about my essay as well as of my colleagues who participated in this competition, it will not only change their life but it will also contribute to Namibia’s development, our country’s development depends on a good education system.

Winning this N$500.00 I will spend it on my sister to buy her General Nursing book, my sister was short N $440.00 to buy her book, thank God for this money.

Welwitschia is one of those good organisations in our country that will help Namibia’s education system to change as it helps students find internships, scholarships and bursaries and it also provides financial assistance to students who are unable to finance their studies. Not only that, it also provides workshop that are educational related.”

It is great to see that the prize is spent wisely to improve the education of one more person. Thank you Veronika!

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News from our scholarship holder Johanna

I am a very busy student as geology is a demanding field of study and always have to make my self-available. My studies are going well so far even though I do face some challenge as there is always obstacle in a way to success, no success path is straight, and they are always curved. Always be determined on what you want to achieve and try to be someone’s role model, inspire someone.

As I am not yet admitted in the hostel, I always make sure that I wake up early to get to class on time. I have been trying to get hostel as I am in my fourth year now and I need to spend most of the time in the microscope laboratory to analyze thin section of the rock samples on which my project is based on, but this is one of the challenge I am facing.

Namibia is a developing country and it needs more educated people because that is the only way vision 2030 will be reached. I am arguing my fellow Namibian students to put more effort on their studies as education is the only key to success. There are various projects out there to be conducted which include environmental aspects, health issues and many more. Students need to conduct these researches as these are the only way our country will develop and not depend on other countries for products. Students who are done with degrees in Geology can initiate new exploration idea to be used to find new ore deposits as the deposit which where outcropping are exploited out already  and the left one are  the one under cover  and require intense exploitation methods for such minerals to be mined out. Industrial geology must also be taken serious as industrial minerals are more valuable nowadays more than agriculture even, to make a long story short mining is a vital thing in our lives. I will talk to you about the importance of industrial geology in my next report issue.

Johanna N.D Shikomba
Fourth year Unam student

Johanna and her colleagues during Geology field work

Johanna and her colleagues during Geology field work

NamCareerService essay competition

Wir haben die Nutzer des Nam Career Service by welwitschia.org gebeten uns zu schreiben wie sie das Bildungssystem in Namibia verändern würden. Schaut euch die Essays hier an und klickt “Gefällt mir” welches euch am Besten gefällt. Es werden zwei Preise über jeweils N$500 verliehen, einer wird von unserer Jury ausgewählt, der zweite Gewinner wird über die Anzahl der “Gefällt mir”-Klicks festgelegt.

We asked the users of Nam Career Service to write an essay about how they would change the education system. Check their essays and like your favourite here. Two prizes about N$500 will be awarded, one by a panel of judges and the other by feedback from our followers based on likes!

Welwitschia in Namibia – Flavia Placidus

Last but not least, our Chairwoman Flavia Placidus.

She is 23 years old, an entrepreneur and a graduate from Polytechnic of Namibia with Bachelor’s Degree in communication.  She works for Melilla transportation Consultancy as an operation administration assistant and is also a part time management circle member for the Association for Alternative to Violence.   She further serves on the board member for Cov Namibia. Her passion of community capacity building, volunteer and self-development motived her to join Welwitschia –  Education Initiative for Namibia.  She is confident that this is role in which her experience, knowledge and creativity can be utilised and nurtured.

Her involvement in hosting NamCareerService application workshops, made her realise how important NamCareerService is as a pillar for the association. She found it valuable for  herself  and to  many  people in Namibia,  learnt new insight about writing CVs and cover letters which  she previously  assumed to know.

In  addition, it was a surprise when  people who  attended our first  workshop  wanted to  join and form an association  so  that  they  may  teach  others what  we have taught them.  This encouraged  her to continue to  be part  of the association and helped her realise that there is more to  offer  than application workshops. As chairperson of the association her motive is driven by the wish to see the implementation of the association goals and objectives.  She also values Welwitschia – Education Initiative for Namibia as a platform of educational career guidelines that would help many Namibian.  She therefore encourages everyone to join us on Facebook and to become members of the association.

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Welwitschia in Namibia – Veruscka Gertze

Veruscka Gertze is our Secretary and Director for Internal Communication. Read more about her here:

Veruscka Gertze is 21 years old and studies towards her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She is an innovative and structured person and enjoys completion, prioritising, anticipation and planning of projects. These reasons made her decide to candidate for the position of the Secretary. The work for Welwitschia gives her the opportunity to help mould, train and educate people and give back to her community. She believes that Welwitschia is a useful organization for the Namibian society because we empower our youth to reach new heights and make use of their full potential. Thus, in the long run, she believes that we will build a strong Namibian workforce. She is proud of what the organization has achieved in a short period of time and even greater accomplishment lie ahead.

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