While a number of corporates offer scholarships to equip the Namibian youth with an education, Afrox Namibia chose the proverbial road less travelled. The reasoning behind the seemingly unconventional choice is simple.
Afrox Namibia commissioned research to identify the best possible methods to bring about real transformation through equipping the youth with the necessary soft skills to make a tangible impact in Namibia.
The research revealed that to develop these skills and break the vicious cycle of poverty, Namibian children need to dream, focus on school work and experience exposure to different educational environments.
A recent article by the University of First Age revealed that building leadership at a young age encourages responsibility, develops self-efficacy, a positive mind set, planning and organisational skills, which eventually allows the “learners to become better learners” and responsible adults. “Genuine leadership opportunities,” the article continues, “support transition into adulthood, foster skills and character to be responsible citizens, and promote social and emotional well-being.” Simply imagine a Namibia in 10 to 20 years’ time where we invested in our youth’s leadership abilities today…
That is the Namibia that Afrox Namibia wants to see.
We know that our youth is smart, that they are aware of the challenges around them, they know how they would want those challenges fixed and they know what they want for themselves and for Namibia.
It is our responsibility to come alongside them to equip them to harness their talent, face the challenges, and achieve their dreams – for themselves and for Namibia. The ALA was thus designed as a programme that would inspire young people to realise
a new world of possibilities. With outside voice like peer pressure, trying circumstances and uncertainty often serving as the soundtrack of our youths’ belief systems, ALA seeks to proclaim a message of hope, possibility and promise to break the cycle of doubt. From there our hashtag #undoubturself.
The Academy serves as a platform to expose the Namibian youth to an environment beyond their normal boundaries and acts as a catalyst to help them grow in themselves and as leaders. In short, the ALA aims to give our future leaders a glimpse of the possibilities for the future and of their potential to achieve great heights.
We know that the future of our country rests on the shoulders of our young people. We believe in their ability to reap a harvest of prosperity from seeds sown now. That is why we chose the road less travelled by developing the ALA.