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Use e-learning to teach improved IT skills

Addressing the pervasive skills shortage is not an easy task but a local company believes part of the solution lies in improved IT training. eSkill Learning says its method of e-learning provides a platform that leads to enhanced IT training and professional development.
“There is a direct need for 21st century job skills in developing countries like Namibia.  Unfortunately, the solutions that currently exist are difficult to implement, require resources that are currently unavailable in urban areas and are prohibitively expensive. Quality education is an experience for all but beyond the reach of the vast majority of workers. It is vital for governments to overcome the barriers to large scale IT and Professional Development training efforts.  Since it is not possible to send out thousands of expert instructors in these fields to every single developing nation, e-learning is a very practical alternative for the cost-efficient delivery of high quality workforce skills” said Moira Cloete of eSkill Learning.
Pointing out the need for improved IT skills, she said the “Premier Graduate Recruitment e-learning platform facilitates wide-scale economic development and societal transformation by equipping the workforce with 21st century skills so that they will be ready to compete in the global economy.”
Assets of the E-learning Platform:
* Provides access to state of the art, certification level IT and professional development courses
* Fully scalable and easy to implement, so that there is no limit to the number of students that can be served
* Following course completion, students can join PGRN’s online jobs portal called Graduates Connect where Namibian companies outsource tasks and where the students can bid on them and get paid for the skills they have learnt.
“The objective of this program is to improve economic growth by expanding individual skills and competencies within the workforce, thereby reducing poverty and bolstering sustainable development.
“In recent years, a real premium has developed on the knowledge of state of the art IT skills. Due to the nature of this work, there has also been a shift in educational techniques towards self-directed training and quality assurance in instruction. Ensuring widespread access to IT skills training within developing countries such as Namibia is critical to its ability to develop economically and become competitive in the global marketplace. For individual workers, these skills will help to chart a path out of poverty and toward employability and dignity. For companies in the region, including both large multi-nationals and small local companies, there will be a larger pool of skilled workers from which to draw. For Namibia, a broad base of newly trained and highly skilled workers can be the cornerstone for local economic development.
Unfortunately, many developing countries experience barriers which inhibit their efforts in developing a highly skilled workforce. An insufficient supply of experienced instructors to teach course subjects and develop appropriate curriculum, is a major drawback.
Also, training is often hampered by the lack of consistent and accurate monitoring of learning achievement which leads to failure by too many students.

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Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia

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20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.