11 Sep 2019 14:50pm
AMINIUS, 11 SEP (NAMPA) The Corridor 17 Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre was officially inaugurated on Tuesday by Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare, Doreen Sioka and Deputy Minister of Marginalised Communities, Royal /Ui/o/oo.
The centre is situated in Corridor17 in the Aminius Constituency in the Omaheke Region.
Construction was realised through the contribution of Anglo American Namibia Foundation after the department of marginalised communities under the Office of the Vice President realised the need for an ECD centre in the Corridor 17 community and approached the foundation for funding.
The centre was initially established in 2010 by the communitys late chief Sofia Kxoa, with a small number of 15 learners. The upgraded centre today has approximately 30 enrolled learners.
The ECD facility consists of two classrooms, an office, a kitchen, toilets, a hall and playground.
Speaking during the inauguration, Ui/o/oo said the government through the marginalised communities division established early childhood development centres and literacy and scholarship programmes in efforts to ensure and realise the objective of education for all.
He further said education is one of the appropriate tools to empower the present and future generations of the indigenous people to overcome their social difficulties.
Sioka thanked Anglo American saying the foundation clearly understands the importance of stimulation towards early learning for young children and urged other companies operating in Namibia to follow in the same footsteps.
She said the initiative is a remarkable example of a partnership between the government and the private sector towards infrastructure development for early education.
This ECD centre will go a long way to promote access to quality ECD programmes mainly for the San community here in the Aminius Constituency, hence meeting their basic human rights, said Sioka.
Sioka also urged the regional, local and traditional authorities, the educators and parents to take care of the facility to ensure that it serves todays children and generations to come.
A community member of Corridor 17, Alida Matiekie told Nampa during an interview that the centre is indeed a blessing to the community because their children can now go to school and get an education at a tender age and do not have to stay at home waiting to grow old enough to begin Grade 1.
Anglo American Namibia Foundation Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Michael Bentley said it is their intention that Anglo American leaves a lasting impression on education in Namibia.
The Corridor 17 ECD Centre is the 11th ECD facility built by the foundation in Namibia.