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Empowering Namibian youth for a sustainable future

2023-09-13  Staff Reporter

Empowering Namibian youth for a sustainable future

The Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management (SASSCAL) has issued the second call for master’s degree and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) scholarship applications, tailored for Namibian youth.

Eligible and motivated candidates are, thus, invited to submit their applications for scholarships offered through the Youth for Green Hydrogen (Y4H2) Programme. This initiative, established in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Namibian Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Innovation, is fully funded by the BMBF.

 SASSCAL has been entrusted with the pivotal role of implementing the Y4H2 programme.

German MP Till Mansmann, who is the innovation commissioner for Green Hydrogen at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, said Namibia is ideally suited for the production of green hydrogen – sun, wind and abundant land areas are available. However, the most critical resource for harnessing this potential is the people who make it possible. 

“That’s why I’m all the more pleased that with the second round of the ‘Youth for Green Hydrogen’ scholarship programme, we’re making this educational opportunity available to even more young people, laying an excellent foundation for a successful hydrogen partnership between Namibia and Germany.” The Y4H2 programme extends scholarships to Namibian youths, aged 18 to 35, in two categories connected to the Green Hydrogen value chain:

1. Master’s degree: This category encompasses disciplines, such as applied science, renewable energy/sustainable energy systems, as well as logistics and supply chain management.

2. TVET certificate levels 3, 4 and 5: This category encompasses trades, including boiler making, bricklaying and plastering, plumbing and pipe fitting, welding and metal fabrication, solar and wind energy systems installation and maintenance, as well as business services – all of which are linked to the Green Hydrogen value chain. This announcement signifies a major achievement in the Joint Communique of Intent (JCoI), signed between the Namibian and German governments. 

For detailed application guidelines and deadlines, interested candidates are encouraged to visit the JCoI website. 

2023-09-13  Staff Reporter

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