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Broad empowerment at Gondwana.

Gondwana Collection Namibia, a grouping of several lodges and tourism establishments, is going all out to use available opportunities to empower the group's large staff complement working at the individual lodges spread out over Namibia.

In July, staff members of the award-winning Namushasha Lodge went through a series of team building exercises while more recently, the staff from three lodges in the Kunene Region participated in the Ministry of Finance's financial literacy initiative. This initiative is supported by German International Cooperation agency.

The Gondwana Collection of lodges and the Financial Literacy Initiative (FLI) launched the financial literacy training initiative this week. Three Gondwana lodges will take part in the roll-out. Selected employees were first trained in presenting the programme and these trainers then conduct the courses for their colleagues. The participating lodges are Damara Mopane Lodge, Etosha Safari Lodge and Etosha Safari Camp.

The financial wellness workplace programme includes key subject areas such as Basic Mathematics and Numeracy, Money Well-being, Save Wise & Savings Plan, Finances and your Children as well as Managing a Side Business, among others. The Financial Literacy Initiative is a national platform mandated to improve the financial skills of private individuals as well as micro, small and medium enterprises. The initiative currently consists of more than 40 platform partners from the private, public and civil sectors who jointly strive to address the target groups' need with regard to financial competence and consumer protection. Teaching aids such as posters, leaflets and textbooks have been translated into various indigenous languages and are available from the FLI Secretariat free of charge. Namushasha River Lodge was voted "Community Conservancy Lodge of the Year" in October 2013 by NACSO (Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organisations). This award recognized the close cooperation of Gondwana Collection Namibia with the Mashi community in terms of employment, nature conservation and support for the Namushasha Cultural Centre.

Caption: Namushasha Lodge, an award winning establishment in Gondwana Collection treated its staff to a series of teambuilding activities during July. The project was co-sponsored by Bannerman Resources.

Caption: The Financial Literacy Initiative also reaches the tourism sector. From the left are Francois Brand (Manager of the FLI Secretariat), Maria Mvula (Junior Trainer, Gondwana), Silke Ahrens (Training Coordinator, Gondwana), Riturumikua Hei (Action Group Head of Media, FLI), Olivia Amathila (Action Group Training Coordinator, FLI), and Hilma Amutenya (Human Resources Manager, Gondwana)


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Publication:Namibia Economist (Windhoek, Namibia)
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Date:Aug 29, 2014
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