Office will be opened soon!

Wir können eine weitere Erfolgsmeldung verbuchen: Gestern haben unser Vorsitzender Tauno sowie unsere Schatzmeisterin Justina den Vertrag für unser eigenes Office in Windhoek unterschrieben! In diesem Büro werden wir persönliche Beratung zu Bewerbung und Karriere anbieten, wir korrigieren Lebensläufe und Anschreiben und versorgen Interessierte mit Informationsmaterialien.

Die Miete für das Büro können wir durch eine großzügige Spende decken, wofür wir uns auch noch einmal öffentlich herzlich bedanken möchten! Allein mit der Miete ist es leider nicht getan. Wir sind nun auf der Suche nach Spenden für die Ausstattung. Folgendes wird hierbei benötigt:

  • Schreibtisch und Stuhl
  • Tisch inklusive Stühle
  • Regale
  • Laptop
  • Handy
  • Digitalkamera

Wir sind sehr dankbar für jede Geld- und Sachspende. Mit dieser Spende wird uns nicht nur geholfen ein Büro auszustatten sondern es wird vielen jungen Menschen in Namibia ermöglicht die Chance auf eine bessere Bildung zu verbessern. Bei Fragen stehen wir selbstverständlich gerne zur Verfügung!

We have great news for you: Today we signed the contract for our own office in Windhoek (close to Polytech) which we will open soon!
In this office we will give you personal advice, you can bring your CVs and cover letters to have them checked, we will provide you with information material and much more.
However, there is still a long way to go as there isn’t any furniture nor electrical devices. For that we need everyone’s help, this is a task we must accomplish all together:
We need the following things for our office cheaply or preferably for free.

  • desk plus desk chair
  • table with chairs
  • shelves
  • papers
  • laptop
  • camera
  • cell phone

Who is willing to donate something for the sake of all young people in Namibia? With your support, you can help so many other people get better career opportunities, even the smallest contribution is welcome.

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Our treasurer Justina signing the contract

New chairman Tauno Iipinge

Unsere Vorsitzende Flavia hat ein Stipendium bekommen um in Indien zu studieren, was sie selbstverständlich auch wahrgenommen hat. Wir freuen uns sehr für sie und bedanken uns für ihr Engagement während und nach der Gründungszeit von Welwitschia in Namibia! Es war und ist toll dich in unserem Team zu haben!

Seit gestern haben wir einen neuen Vorsitzenden, Tauno Iipinge. Er wurde in Omuthiya im Norden Namibias geboren, ist in Windhoek aufgewachsen und studiert Hospitality Management wofür er bereits ein Diplom in Hotel Management der Polytechnic of Namibia hält. Nachdem er einige Jahre in großen Hotels in der ganzen Welt arbeitete hat er nun seine eigene Catering Firma und arbeitet in Teilzeit als Berater für die EduVentures Stiftung. Wer ebenfalls unserer Initiative beitreten möchte, egal ob in Deutschland oder Namibia, muss uns nur eine E-Mail schreiben an info@welwitschia.org.

Our chairwoman Flavia was granted with a scholarship and is now in India for her studies, congratulations! Thank you for your good work and commitment during the founding process of our initiative! It was and still is great to have you in our team!
Since yesterday we have a new chair, Tauno Iipinge. He was born in Omuthiya and grew up in Windhoek. He studies hospitality Management of which he holds a National Diploma in Hotel Management from the Polytechnic of Namibia. Having worked in major hotels like, Walt Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge, Thule Hotel and Hilton Windhoek he now is self-employed in his catering company I CHEF CC and works part-time as a consultant for EduVentures Trust.
Do you want to join our great team and help improving other people’s career choices? Just hit like and send us a message with your e-mail address and we will invite you to our next meeting!

Tauno

Afrika Festival in Stuttgart

Am 11. Juli findet in Stuttgart das Afrika-Festival und wir werden dabei sein! Für Welwitschia ist das eine Premiere, das erste Mal sind wir bei einer Veranstaltung mit einem Stand vertreten. Das geht natürlich nicht ohne entsprechende Ausrüstung. Vor ein paar Tagen sind bereits unsere T-Shirts angekommen, heute nun endlich auch roll-up Banner. Faltblätter zum verteilen sind im Druck. Wir freuen uns sehr auf diese Veranstaltung und hoffen, dass wir viele neue Kontakte knüpfen können.

On 11 July we will be present at the Africa Festival in Stuttgart, this is a premiere for us: The first event with a Welwitschia stand. This is, of course, only possible with adequate equipment. Our Welwitschia T-Shirts already arrived a couple of days ago, today we received the new roll-up banners and the folders are in the printing process. We are looking forward to this event and hope to get in touch with many other organisations and people.

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Welwitschia now on Twitter

Social Media sind sehr wichtig für eine Organisation um in der Öffentlichkeit wahrgenommen zu werden. Seit heute sind wir, neben Facebook und Instagram, auch auf Twitter vertreten. Ihr findet uns unter @WelwitschiaOrg oder www.twitter.com/welwitschiaOrg. Wir werden dort Angebote des NamCareerService twittern aber auch über unsere aktuellen Tätigkeiten. Wenn ihr einen Twitter Account habt, folgt uns, falls nicht, dann meldet euch an über www.twitter.com.

Social Media are important for an organisation to get conscious by the public. Since today, we are represented, besides on Facebook and Instagram, on Twitter as well. Via @WelwitschiaOrg or www.twitter.com/welwitschiaOrg you can reach us via this platform as well! We will post our NamCareerService offers there and tweet what we are currently doing. If you have a Twitter account, please follow us or sign up at www.twitter.com. Share this with your friends to help us make NamCareerService even more popular!

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Member’s weekend – Mitgliederwochenende

Wie soll sich Welwitschia weiterhin in Deutschland engagieren? Was kann der namibische Vorstand in Namibia selbst erreichen und umsetzen? Auf welche Angebote sollte sich der NamCareerService fokussieren? Welche innovativen zur Verbesserung des namibischen Bildungssystems gibt es?

Diese und viele weitere Fragen versuchten der Vorstand und Mitglieder von Welwitschia und namibische Studenten am vergangenen Wochenende vom 13. bis 15. Juni 2014 in Bonn zu beantworten. Unser Mitgliederwochenende, das sich vor allem um zukünftige Strategien für Welwitschia und Aspekte der Öffentlichkeit drehte, fand statt und führte zu vielen positiven Erkenntnissen und Ideen.

Bereits am Freitag wurde das Wochenende mit einem gemütlichen Grillen am Rheinufer eingeläutet um sich auf einen intensiven und produktiven Samstag vorzubereiten. Bereits hier waren mehrere Mitglieder von Welwitschia Deutschland anwesend und auch einige NamibierInnen, die in Bonn und Umgebung leben, sind hinzugestoßen.

Am Samstag wurde schließlich in mehreren Runden und Gruppen über die Zukunft von “Welwitschia — Bildungsinitiative für Namibia eV” diskutiert. Nicht nur Aktivitäten in Deutschland wurden besprochen sondern auch wie “NamCareerService by welwitschia.org” verbessert werden kann.

Höhepunkt des Wochenendes war der öffentliche Vortragsabend „Namibia – Impressions and Experiences of an Education System“, zu dem mehr als 40 Interessierte erschienen. Uns gelang es zwei namibische Referenten einzuladen, die aus sehr verschiedenen Perspektiven ihren persönlichen Bildungsweg mit einer konstruktiven Analyse des namibischen Bildungssystems zu verknüpfen. Mayday Thomas, die Wasseringenieurwesen an der TU Dresden studiert, berichtete von der Struktur des namibischen Bildungssektors und wies auf die zahlreichen Möglichkeiten hin, die sich namibischen Abiturienten und Absolventen auch international bieten würden – wenn Informationen über diese Chancen nur verbreitet wären. Dieses substanzielle Problem war eines der Anliegen Welwitschias, die Bildungsinformationsplattform NamCareerService zu eröffnen. Daniel Shaningua lebt seit acht Jahren in Deutschland lebt und steht kurz davor, ein Museum in Berlin über deutsch-namibische Beziehungen zu eröffnen. Er konzentrierte sich in seinem Vortrag auf die Bedeutung und Nachteile des Bildungskonzept Namibias, insbesondere im Bezug auf den Sprachunterricht von Bantu-Sprachen.

How should Welwitschia continue to be active and get involved in Germany? What projects could the Namibian executive board achieve and realize? Which services should NamCareerService focus on? What innovative ideas to improve the Namibian education system do exist or could be developed?

The German executive board and members of Welwitschia as well as Namibian students tried to answer these and further questions last weekend from June 13-15 2014 in Bonn. Our members workshop that has dealt with potential strategies for Welwitschia and aspects of public relations took place and has led to many positive results.

We started the weekend a braai right next to the Rhineshore in order to prepare for an intensive and productive Saturday. Not only members of Welwitschia Germany have been present but also Namibians who live in the Bonn area.

On Saturday we finally discussed about the future of “Welwitschia — Education Initiative for Namibia” in several groups. We have not only been talking about activities in Germany but also about how to improve “NamCareerService by welwitschia.org.

The weekend’s highlight was certainly the public talk ‘Namibia – Impressions and Experiences of an Education System’ which was attended by more than 40 people. We managed to invite two Namibian speakers that, coming from very different backgrounds, gave presentations about their personal education path and connected it with constructive analyses about the Namibian education system. Mayday Thomas who studies hydro engineering at TU Dresden talked about the structure of the Namibian education sector and highlighted the various opportunities for Namibian students and graduates – if only there was adequate information about them. This is indeed a core problem that has motivated Welwitschia to launch the career and education advice platform NamCareerService. Daniel Shaningua has been living in Germany for eight years and plans to open a Berlin-based museum about German-Namibian relations. In his talk, he focused on the relevance and the disadvantages of the conceptualization of education in Namibia, in particular regarding the language education of Bantu languages.

News from our scholarship holder Johanna

MAY REPORT

In the second week of May I had my research proposal presentation and it went all well and I am currently preparing for my midyear examination which is scheduled to start on the 30th of May and end on the 18th of June. I am Facing one of the challenge again as my laptop screen has shattered and I am finding it very difficult to study for examinations.

I have all my study notes in my laptop as we do not have textbook available in the library and the fact that they are very expensive, I cannot afford to buy any. At the moment I am using my friend’s laptop which I had to give back on 28th May because she also needs it to study for her exams and the module I am writing on 4 June requires the use of the laptop during examination period but up to now I do not know what I will do because if I do not get a computer by that date I will not be able to write my examination which will cause me to repeat the module next year and will I therefore not graduate next year.

My parents are finding it very hard to find the money to repair my laptop screen which is an amount of N$1200 (approx. 80€) since they are all not working and thus my studying material are too limited these academic semester and going to the library every day to study there will be the only option left but the fact that I have to get a taxi everyday to and from the library is just too much as I am already struggling with taxi money, I have to save up just to go to school on the exam date.

Johanna needs help with your laptop. Help her finish her studies even by donating only a little amount. You find our two bank accounts in the right column next to this article. Please indicate the subject “Laptop Johanna”.

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News from our scholarship holder Johanna

A bit late but better late than never: Field report for April 2014

I and my classmates, a group of 13 students, went for a field trip which was a one week trip. We visited the  Kombat area which is around Otavi in Namibia. The field trip aimed to familiarise the students with working in  a small group and know how to tackle such work when  assigned to do them in future. The Kombatmine, where copper was unearthed,  closed few years back. This is why some studies are being carried out to see if there is still a potential for the mine to open again.

The field trip started on the 5th of April until the 12th of April, we had one supervisor and we were divided into three groups and each group was given a specific area to focus on in the Kombat area. To start the day, we always wake up at 06h30 in the morning, prepare breakfast and pack our lunch for the day and leave the camping site at 07h30 to the working site.

The first day we worked as the whole group with the help of the supervisor and one of the geologists who works in the Kombat area. They were introducing the area and telling what is expected from us.  We should find some outcrops which are believed to be in the area but they are not appearing on the geological map of the area. On the 07th of April we started working in separate groups of which each group was allocated to a different farm as the area under exploration is a farming area. We used to finish our daily work at 17h00 and wait for the bus to pick us up, we mapped for four days in which in the 4th day we heard weird sounds of wild cats which terminated our mapping activities and we were forced  to do the logging the next day which is done at the office.

Safety is first priority in exploration that is why when we heard the weird sound of the wild cats we terminated the mapping exercise and not go in the bushes any more but these are things which an exploration geologist will always be expecting. Generally the field trip was good apart from the weird sound heard. It is a very good way of exercising  as we are now fit to work under pressure and different working environment.