With the aim of bringing together young people who are willing to share their time and efforts in social projects to enhance and brighten the lives of the communities in and around Windhoek, the Global Shapers are definitely in the game to shape and change lives.
The Shape Skills programme is an initiative of the Windhoek Global Shapers Hub and the United Nations in Namibia and is aligned with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 UN Sustainable development Goals (SDG’s). The SDGs provide “a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.” For the year 2021, The Global Shapers Cohort took place from the 10th of April until the 3rd of July and this year’s aim was to ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship while teaching the participants how to properly navigate through the market with the new set of skills they would acquire from the training. This Cohort had 30 participants who come from all over Windhoek and exude both leadership skills and are intellectual.
The experience for the participants was divided into 4 clusters, namely Communications, Marketing & Diplomacy, Project Management, Entrepreneurship, and IT & Web. These clusters were conducted by Global Shapers who either have both experience in the theme of that session and or is currently working in that specific career. After the session ended, the participants then received assessments which they had to hand in a week after, no later than 23:59. This served as both a learning curve and for some, an eye-opener especially given that there is a new window that opened up when it comes to salary negotiations. Speaking to one of the participants, Velena Simon, she said that she did not even know that there is a space to fully negotiate one’s salary during an interview. ‘I always thought that one has to accept the amount given to you and not question it.’ Imagine also argues that, because of the Global Shapers Entrepreneurship Cohort, she grew confident in growing her mattresses cleaning business, which is a venture that she describes tough, however, she now has the skills to help her steer through her other mistakes.
On the 3rd of July 2021, The Global Shapers Cohort for 2021 came to an end and had what was their last day as the Graduation ceremony to what was a 4-month training through sessions and assessments. Congratulating the participants with how great they did, the Shape Skills Project Lead, Mr Mpho Katjiuongua, expressed how the participants from this cohort have not only been great individuals who had a lot to offer and learn, but also how they have taught the Shapers a lot when it comes to perseverance and being dedicated. The graduation also had speakers who were there to share their career journeys and how they were able to be where they are today. The first speaker; Mr Gerold stressed on the kind of path you decide to follow for yourself. He also advised that, money is not everything; even when it solves most of our problems, it shouldn’t be your first concern when going after your dreams. ‘When you work towards your dreams, your effort and hard work will show your potential employer what you are worth. Put in the work and believe in yourself.’ The second speaker, Ms Sima Namwandi, her best advice is that life is short, but it is also long. Being a firm believer in talking, she emphasises the importance of networking. Not only to potential employers themselves, but also to your friends. Currently studying towards an MBA, Namwandi is sure that selling yourself every chance you get will definitely place you in a door that is in your favour. There is nothing you cannot attain with the proper network.
All the best to the Global Shapers First Cohort Graduates. Here’s to believing in yourself and never selling yourself short.
By Frieda Etuhole Mukufa