Project Overview

KAYEC is a Namibian non-profit organisation originally known as the Katutura Youth Enterprise Centre that incubates new education solutions.

Vocational Training:

KAYEC began skills training services at their Wanaheda (Windhoek) centre in 1995, just after independence, to help combat the nation’s critical levels of youth unemployment. In 2002 they opened a second centre in Ondangwa. In Namibia, nearly half of 15- to 34-year-olds are in need of work and short on key skills that the market demands. Trade schools are a central part of the solution.

KAYEC complements the public vocational system by serving those trainees who still slip through the cracks:

Most Namibians do not qualify for a state-run centre, because most drop out of school before completing Grade 10.

School Support:

The KAYEC Youth Development (KYD) programme was started in 2004, 375 kids each year in location areas of four towns and cities, where partner schools refer learners who can benefit most from structured, long-term personal and education support.



School support is helping 375 kids aged 10 -18 every year to increase pass rates in location areas of three towns and cities (Windhoek, Rehoboth, Otjiwarongo, and Rundu). KAYEC serves schools that underperform on national exams – but help their learners exceed the Namibian average. The schools have a relatively lower drop-out rate and a lower teenage pregnancy rate.

The Vocational Training assists 750 youths (annually) who are out of school to start vocational work they can be proud of.


The pillars of the NDP5 which applies to this project under the Social Progression pillars – Harnessing the Demographic Dividends

Social Development

  • Youth Empowerement
  • Intergrate marginalized communities into mainstream

Human Capital Development

  • Social Progression
  • Basic Education
  • Technical/Vocational Education and Training

Environment and Climate Change

  • Strengthen Environmental protection
  • Promote environmentally sound investments and production systems.


Economic Progression:

Achieve, sustainable and equitable growth

  • Rural Economic Development
  • Enterprise Development