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Empowering children at community level

From the left, Nicolette Bessinger of the Psychosocial Support Initiative , Ian Leyenaar, CEO of FNB Namibia, Lehlohonolo Chabeli Head, also of the Support Initiative, Dixon Norval of FNB Namibia, Nancy Chimhandamba, another Psychosocial Support Initiative member, and Heroldt Murangi, the Director of NAMCOL.

From the left, Nicolette Bessinger of the Psychosocial Support Initiative , Ian Leyenaar, CEO of FNB Namibia, Lehlohonolo Chabeli Head, also of the Support Initiative, Dixon Norval of FNB Namibia, Nancy Chimhandamba, another Psychosocial Support Initiative member, and Heroldt Murangi, the Director of NAMCOL.

A large group of fifty one men and women working with children last week graduated with Certificates in Community-based Care Work for Children and Youth. This semi-professional training forms part of a partnership between FNB Namibia and the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI).
Recently, the bank through its social development foundation, announced it has sponsored another twenty students for the new intake of the same course. The partnership, which is also supported by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, contributes to skills development and responds to the emotional and social wellbeing and needs of the Namibian communities.
The Head of the Social Business Development Unit at REPSSI, Mr Lehlohonolo Chabeli said “the 18-month certificate is a practical and empowering training programme, enhancing social and emotional support, child protection and the promotion of children’s rights”.  The programme was developed by REPSSI and UNICEF. Locally it is presented in collaboration with the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL).

The programme is specifically designed for delivery through situated, supported distance learning, meaning that students do not stop working or leave the communities in which they work.  Students are community workers, community caregivers, programme officers, social workers, health workers, teachers, and members of the police.
“The Certificate helps to ensure that the vulnerable populations receive professional care and support.  The quality training promotes child and youth development for the future leaders of our country” said Jane Katjavivi, Chairperson of the FNB Foundation.

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