Youth Development Fund Official LaunchAug 12, 2015
The United Nations Development Program in partnership with the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service and Wilderness Safari officially launched it s Youth Development Fund of Namibia. The Youth Development Fund is in initiative that was started as a pilot in November 2014 and is aimed at assisting out of school youth for training in field guides courses. The youth are trained by Mr Johan Fourie of Wilderness Safaris and Mr. Siegfriedth Bantu !Aebeb from the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service as well as assistance from associates within the Tourism sector. Trainings are conducted at the various Youth centres across the country and participants are unemployed youth from all the 13 Regions of Namibia. Wilderness Safaris has done such trainings in the past but due to financial constraints, had stopped doing so. The increasing need for field guides and increasing unemployment amongst the youth inspired the revival of this training program and gave birth to the Youth Development Fund of Namibia.
The fund started with an initial seed funding of USD 10,000 in November 2014, which saw at least 40 youth being trained. Wilderness Safaris and the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service provided in-kind support to the training.