06 Nov 2016 17:00pm
KEETMANSHOOP, 06 NOV (NAMPA) The Anglo-American Foundation on Friday handed over a new Early-Childhood Development (ECD) Centre to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare and the Grünau community.
The foundation built the school at a cost of N.dollars 780 000, while the //Kharas Regional Council contributed N.dollars 40 000 towards its establishment.
Opening the centre, Gender Equality and Child Welfare Deputy Minister Lucia Witbooi expressed hope that the centre would be a beacon for empowerment, information sharing, problem solving, dialogue and debate.
The realisation of the facility is testimony to Government and its partners commitment to deliver services to the people, Witbooi said in her speech availed to Nampa on Friday.
The ministry will provide the educational programmes and teachers for the school in this Karasburg East Constituency settlement of about 800 inhabitants.
The settlement has a primary school. Most children go on to attend high school at Karasburg some 50 kilometres away.
The centre is an establishment to motivate parents to bring their kids to school for them to get a strong education foundation at an early age and to help prevent school dropouts later in life, Witbooi said.
She said the school will provide comprehensive development aimed at ensuring social justice, the preservation of human dignity and the fulfilment of the rights of all children.
She further urged the community to use the centre as an engine for development and to ensure that it does not become a white elephant.
The Swapo-led Government is availing this centre to uplift the education standard of our children, so staff members in charge should work hard and not let our people and Government down.
Witbooi said it is prohibited to discriminate against children in independent Namibia.
We cannot disrespect their rights. That is why the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare works with line ministries, development partners, the private sector and non-governmental organisations to harmonise development efforts in the interest of the Namibian child, she concluded.