Unicef urges ministries to work together to meet children's needs

07 Jun 2017 07:20am
WINDHOEK, 07 JUN (NAMPA) – Unicef has called on the health; gender equality; and education ministries to work together to forge smart partnerships which meet the health and sanitation needs of all Namibian children.
The three ministries were also encouraged to work together to meet the nutritional, physical, socio-emotional and cognitive needs of all Namibian children by United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) Country Representative, Micaela Marques de Sousa on Monday.
She was speaking at the launch of a Needs Assessment Report of Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres by First Lady Monica Geingos at the Masida ECD in the Zambezi Region’s Linyanti Constituency on Monday.
The University of Namibia conducted the research at 32 ECD centres in eight regions.
“A good start in life would mean that the child is well prepared for success in school, has good health and overall well-being for future success as an adult,” said De Sousa in a statement availed to Nampa.
She noted that Namibia is emphasising the integration of ECD during the first 1 000 days of life as it has a profound effect on a child’s future.
Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka also spoke at the event, and called on parents and community members to become active players in the lives of children at home.