BACKGROUND OF COSDEC OPUWO
- COSDEC started 18 years ago in a village called Orumana, 30km out of Opuwo. It was then just a small centre with few people and courses like Needlework, Welding and Fabricating, Leatherwork and Electrical Installation.
Somewhere around 2000 COSDEC moved to Opuwo as it would be in the capital of Kunene and closer to the community from all around town. Between 2000 and 2006 COSDEC Opuwo introduced courses such as, Sheet Metal, Hospitality, Plumbing and Pipe fitting, Woodwork and Water Pump and Maintenance. In 2013 the centre was built with financial assistance by MCA, where it is currently operating from.
- Successes were that we finally got a proper place and a building of our own, students flocked in to register for different courses. And getting the chance to work with different communities and around bringing people over to study at COSDEC.
- The centre is a helping hand to the development of the community as it really helps students get practical skills and knowledge. Trainees from COSDEC Opuwo get jobs around Opuwo, either it being through job attachments or after graduating, some of this trainees go out there and start up their own businesses and getting tenders around town, such as construction tenders or plumbing works. In short, we serve the community through the skills and knowledge passed on to the students than on to the community.
- Courses that are in demand are the ones that we are currently offering, e.g Hospitality and Tourism, this is because most of the people of the town and surrounding areas, didn’t complete their school and with the certificate we offer they can get themselves jobs in lodges and hotels, for the love of cooking and the fact that most people get this hospitality jobs easier than the others. Office administration is also high in demand – this demand mostly comes from young people as they want to pursue their career in administrative work.
- Some of the challenges we face come with job attachments. Yes, there are trades that get job attachments quite easily, not only in Opuwo but in other towns as well but the problem comes with accommodation for our trainees at places where they get job attachments. The other challenge is the fact that the centre does not have a hostel for its trainees, there are people from other towns who want to come and study at COSDEC in Opuwo but because of no accommodation they can’t.
- The way forward… we strive to make COSDEC Opuwo a great helping hand to our community and accommodate and attract a great number of people in our surrounding community, around and we strive for progress and success.
- General Construction (Bricklaying & Plastering)
- Food Preparation and Serving
- Office Administration
- Plumbing and Pipe Fitting
(Level 1 and 2)
- Bricklaying and Plastering
- Office Administration
- Hospitality and Tourism
- Plumbing and Pipefitting
- Computer classes – evening classes
- Production unit for Making gun boxes for the community
Expansion of the Centre is predicted with the following training programmes:
- Tour Guiding
Constituency: Opuwo Urban
Population of Opuwo: +/- 5,000
Target Population (Youth and Previously Disadvantaged): Kunene region