Country

Namibia


Category

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Status

Completed


Years

2008-2011


Funding Agency

The Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (formerly the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development).


Learn to Earn Tourism Training

Bow Valley College assisted the Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF) in establishing a Centre of Excellence that produces skilled and semi-skilled community workers for environmentally sustainable (self) employment in tourism-related occupations. This increased the revenue generating opportunities in Namibia for unemployed youth (15-35) and women through improved community-based technical, entrepreneurial and essential skills training leading to sustainable small and medium-sized enterprise development.

Description of Actual Services Provided:

- COSDEF trainers deliver demand-driven tourism-related training to marginalized community learners using the Linkage Model

- COSDEF trainers deliver customized short courses aimed at the identified needs of employers, low skills employed workers and conservancy personnel

- COSDEF supports new and existing SME tourism-related operators in the informal sector, especially women

- COSDEF assesses, recognizes and tracks learner competencies in tourism-related skills areas

- Development of an environmental project to be incorporated into all training programs

Description of Results Achieved:

- COSDEF Centre of Excellence developed a national model of best practices for community-based tourism-related training

- Marginalized community members are gainfully employed in tourism-related sectors

- Community members, especially women, pursue sustainable self-employment in tourism-related sectors

- Low-skilled workers in the tourism industry improve their skill levels

- Community members are aware of the need for environmentally sustainable tourism

- Extreme poverty is reduced through (self) employment in the tourism-related sector

- The project worked towards improving the quality of services in the tourism industry

- Sustainable development is practiced at the community level 

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