MCA projects transferred to COSDEF
The Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) took ownership of the Opuwo Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC) on 28 November 2013.
The other centres constructed or renovated and upgraded under MCA Namibia’s Education Programme are located in Tsumeb Otjiwarongo, Rundu, Gobabis, Ondangwa and Swakopmund, will be transferred during the first half of next year.
“All MCA-N supported COSDECs are now in the retention period during which structural defects that may occur will still be attended to by the works contractor. MCA-N is further finalising the procurement of office equipment, equipment for the various trades and furniture for the centres. All this should be in place by early 2014 when the centres will be officially opened” MCA said in a statement this week.
Construction of the Swakopmund Arts and Craft Centre is in full swing and this centre will be finalised by mid-2014 and also be handed to COSDEF.
MCA-N hired technical team has been supporting COSDEF to introduce improved management systems in all the centres, streamline procedures and work with the various teams on Business Plans for each centre. “Good progress has been made to date and agreed management improvements will continue to be rolled out throughout the COSDEF network.” MCA Namibia said it will support COSDEF and COSDEC management teams up to May 2014.
The new COSDEF facilities offer training to Namibians of any age who do not have Grade 10 to enter the formal vocational training system but still aspire to acquire an acknowledged vocational certificate in the trade of their choice. At the COSDEC in Lüderitz, MCA-N is supporting the training of 320 Namibians through its Vocational Training Grants Fund.