First TUI Academy scholars in Windhoek start their professional career

Berlin, 28th May 2018. In the joint project Tourism Academy at the NFA Girls Centre Windhoek, the first female scholars have received their certificate. At the same time, TUI Care Foundation has extended the project period for another year to award scholarships for a hospitality education to an additional number of young women. TUI Care Foundation, the sustainability initiative Futouris e.V. and the Federal ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development cooperate with the aim to provide young female soccer players at the NFA Girls Centre with an education in the hospitality sector and to enhance their professional opportunities.

Melissa Eises is 21 years old and lives with her mother and siblings in the township Katutura at the outskirts of the Namibian capital Windhoek. Without a school degree, her job chances were slim. As a passionate football soccer, Melissa submitted her application at the “NFA Girls Center” of the Namibian Football Association. With the support of the “Sport for Development” Programme of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Melissa and eleven other girls were awarded a training scholarship by the TUI Care Foundation in 2017.

The first five scholars have now received their certificate. The other girls currently complete their practical training and will receive their certificate in July 2018. “There is a strong demand for well-trained professional staff in Namibia. The successful training will therefore provide the students with excellent job opportunities”, says Thomas Ellerbeck, Chairman of the Board of the TUI Care Foundation. Experience has shown that this is true: Half of the young women have already signed their first job contract for an employment in the hospitality sector. After completing her hospitality training, Melissa Eises will start her new permanent job as a Junior Duty Manager in a renowned hotel in Windhoek. In her new position, she is happy to be just herself und to make sure that the hotel guests have a wonderful stay. In her spare time, she is still a passionate football player and plans for the future: “It feels great to give my family something in return and to support them financially. I can buy groceries and give my younger siblings some pocket money. Here, I have learnt that it is worth to follow your dreams and stick to it.”

Melissa Eises (© GIZ)

The project

Tourism Academy at the NFA Girls Center Windhoek

In a pilot project of BMZ, TUI Care Foundation an Futouris e. V., 20 girls from the "NFA Girls Center" were able to attend a three - month preparatory course in the hospitality industry and apply for the Scholarships. Twelve of them have already begun with the training.

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