Preprimary education key: Katjavivi

30 Sep 2017 17:50pm
OKONDJATU, 30 SEP (NAMPA) - Speaker of the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi on Friday reminded parents and Okondjatu development committee members of the importance of pre-primary education in the development of children.
Katjavivi was speaking at the official opening of the first-ever Okondjatu Community Expo on Friday at the settlement’s auction pens.
“Pre-primary education is key to the foundation of any child’s future in today’s world,” he said.
Katjavivi said gone were the days when children started school at an age above seven or 10 years.
He said in the past, boys and girls were allowed to start school without any preparation at the early development centres.
The Speaker said Okondjatu parents and local development committees must establish more pre-primary institutions of high quality where their children would receive the necessary teaching as education is key to success.
“The education of your children is the key to success. These children need to keep that key in their pockets,” he said.
Katjavivi said the success of the Okondjatu children should start now with a strong and good foundation of education.
He then condemned the excessive use of alcohol in the area among the youth, saying it is one of the challenges the community are faced with at Okondjatu.
Officials in the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Alexia Tjimbundu at the event said at least three early childhood development centres are now operational at settlement.
Tjimbundu said the Okondjatu Combined School had its own and two other registered centres also active in the community.
However, she said more centres are needed at the settlement for conducive learning and teaching exercises.
Okondjatu settlement has a population close to 5 000 and is situated about 200 kilometres east of Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.