Nam, EU sign N.dollars 400 million education agreement

07 Dec 2016 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 07 DEC (NAMPA) – The National Planning Commission (NPC) and the European Union (EU) on Monday signed a N.dollars 400 million agreement aimed at supporting Early Childhood Development (ECD) and pre-primary education.
The agreement will amongst others support the construction of free public ECD centres in constituencies with the most disadvantaged children and the provision of subsidies to edu-carers and teaching and learning materials in all ECD centres and pre-primary classes.
Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo and Jana Hybaskova, head of the EU Delegation to Namibia, signed the agreement.
Alweendo, who is also Minister of Economic Planning, explained that early childhood development can improve the quality of education, especially for children in rural areas where they might not have access to information that can help by the time they start primary school.
Hybaskova said early childhood development and pre-primary education are vital tools that will help target the most serious challenges Namibia faces, such as high income inequality and social disparity.
It is generally believed that income inequality leads to education inequality and vice versa.
She said through the agreement, Namibia will also expand pre-primary education in primary schools by building additional classrooms and renovating those in need of renovation.