Namibian artist and the ambassador for Education at the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture of Namibia, Lazarus Gazza Shiimi is seeking help and for possible solutions on how to deal with graduate unemployment in Namibia.
He took to twitter and asked his followers to give him ideas on how he can alleviate the high graduate unemployment rate.
The artist and business man said he is willing to engage the government on the issue but also highlighted that it is difficult to speak to the private sector about graduate unemployment in Namibia.
Some of his fans also gave ideas on how Gazza can help with graduate unemployment in Namibia. One tweeter user suggested he organises lectures and workshops that empower the youth with ideas on how to make themselves employable and how they can start businesses.
About 37% of the working population was unemployed in 2017. This was revealed in a report, titled ‘Status of the Namibian Economy’, compiled by the National Planning Commission (NPC) for the Office of the President that was issued in 2018. Namibia’s unemployment rate was roughly at 37,3 % in 2017, up from 34% in 2016 and 28% recorded in 2014, by the Namibia Labour Force Survey (NLFS) of the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA).If Gazza is serious about this, he can involve many stakeholders to solve the issue and look for a Namibian solution. This could also be a part of his Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and a means to give back to his community.