The Project is an international multi-stakeholder initiative, under the leadership of the University of Lapland, Finland, and is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme. NUST is one of the Southern African host partners whose contribution is based on expertise in community-based technology development.
This project is under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) Scheme, and is aimed at addressing challenges faced by marginalised unemployed youth.
The partners, who are from Finland, the United Kingdom, Italy and South Africa came together to consolidate their efforts in implementing the project. Furthermore, the project endorses human development and the involvement and inclusion of young Khoisan people in developmental initiatives in South Africa and Namibia. This is acheived by using participatory and explorative service design tools.
Dr Tjama Tjivikua, the NUST Vice-Chancellor, highlighted some of the University’s milestones in line with uplifting marginalised communities. “The Faculty of Computing and Informatics at NUST has a world-renowned reputation in the field of participatory design with indigenous and marginalised communities. Over the past decade, the Faculty has developed numerous innovative technologies with and for rural indigenous elders, Khoisan and unemployed youth in the informal settlement of Havana in Windhoek,” Dr Tjivikua remarked.
The Ambassador of Finland to Namibia, Her Excellency, Anne Saloranta said: “Combining expertise and views from different fields enables participants to find innovative solutions and ways of reducing unemployment among the Khoisan youth.”