15 Apr 2016 12:20pm
OKAKU, 15 APR (NAMPA) The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare has funded the establishment of an Early Child Development (ECD) Centre, worth about N.dollars 310 000, at Okaku Constituency in the Oshana Region recently.
Gender Equality and Child Welfare Minister Doreen Sioka was Thursday at Okaku village to officially inaugurate the centre.
The centre consists of a pre-school classroom, an office and toilets.
Its establishment is aimed at providing proper shelter for pre-school children, who in the past were taught under a tree since 1994.
The centre was founded and is being headed by Irya Nghipandulwa, who at the same time is the sole teacher to some 44 children.
I established this kindergarten in 1994 with 30 children and I taught them under a tree as a volunteer with human resources support from the community, Nghipandulwa said in an exclusive interview with Nampa on the sideline of the centres official opening.
The centre is called Kapya kAmupolo Kindergarten, named after the former councillor of the constituency, Joseph Kapya Endjala.
Endjala donated teaching aid posters to the centre during its inauguration and pledged to ensure that funds are made available for the centre to expand.
ECD plays a vital role in providing children with a good start in life and it is imperative that more effective ECD programmes are put in place in order to meet the needs of the communities, families and parents across the country, said Sioka in her official inauguration address.
According to her, research has shown that currently in Africa only a small number of children aged between zero and six years are recipients of quality ECD services.
Let us work together as a community. Immediately as we educate our children, we have peace but by neglecting their education, we will have instability in the country, the minister noted.
Earlier this week, Sioka officially inaugurated a similar ECD centre at Ohango village of Etayi Constituency in the Omusati Region.