The Polytechnic of Namibia’s cooperative education unit responsible for finding internship for students at companies and organisations, gave recognition to the Namibia Housing Action Group for accommodating the highest number of students for work intergraded learning in the non-governmental sector.
The Namibia Housing Action Group (NHAG) has an 18 year collaboration with the Polytechnic of Namibia which ranges from surveying of informal settlements, land- use planning, pro poor policy development, support and advocacy and research on water and land administration.
Welcoming the recognition awarded at the Polytechnic’s annual industry consultative breakfast on Monday, NHAG national coordinator Anna Muller said “This relationship with the Polytechnic is very important for future development planning in Namibia”. Muller said with NHAG the students have the opportunity to learn what is happening in urban areas and informal settlements, and become aware of the important roles that communities play in their own development”.
“As future planners and land managers of Namibia, this knowledge can help to sustain community driven actions in Namibia. Furthermore, they are not only learning but they are participating in the work that is already bringing change to the living conditions of the urban poor,” Muller said.
NHAG is a non-governmental organisation established in 1992 to support the Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) in securing affordable land tenure and housing to improve living conditions of the poor.