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NBIC students take the leap

General Manager of the Namibian Business Innnovationi Centre, Dorothea Westhofen-Kunz, standing left, with Asnath Kambunga, the RLabs Country Coordinator and Rene Parker, the RLabs Director, congratulating their students on the successful completion of a training course in Social Media.

General Manager of the Namibian Business Innnovationi Centre, Dorothea Westhofen-Kunz, standing left, with Asnath Kambunga, the RLabs Country Coordinator and Rene Parker, the RLabs Director, congratulating their students on the successful completion of a training course in Social Media.

A group of students from across Windhoek graduated last week from the RLabs Social Media training at the Namibia Business Innovation Centre (NBIC) at the Polytechnic. The students received their certificates at a special graduation ceremony on Friday.The training involved 15 sessions over a period of four months focusing on the impact of social media and its application with special focus on personal development, the creation of blogs and understanding the pros and cons of social marketing for both business and individuals.

  The students mainly consisted of individuals with a passion for social media and who wanted to improve their skills to use social media to run successful social media campaigns or pages.  Asnath Kambunga, RLabs Country Coordinator congratulated her students for having undergone the training. “Through the RLabs training many students increased their self confidence, as during the training, students underwent a presenting skills workshop. The workshop aims to equip students to interact with potential clients who would require a social media consultant,” said Asnath. Thus far, RLabs Namibia has trained over 60 students from Windhoek and Ongwediva. The NBIC plans to take the programme to other parts of the country in the coming months.  On the same day, students who had undertaken the online social media training through the University of Cape Town received their certificates. One of the students remarked, “Initially a lot of us were uncertain as to how the training was going to work. As this was the first online training we had undertaken. Though after a few days we began to understand how things work and looked forward to coming to NBIC to do our assignments”. She thanked the NBIC for availing their facilities for them to do the online course. The Social Networking workshops were developed by RLabs as “RLabs Academy” has successfully trained hundreds of participants over the past years. Many of these graduates have gone to become trainers or consultants for businesses, creating about 400 jobs. The mission of the Rlabs Academy is to teach young people to use different social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Blogging) and learn IT skills. These skills allow them to become trainers, consultants or software developers for organisations that want to create, enhance and develop their networking activities.

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