Bright futures accommodated

11 January 2022 | Education

Elizabeth Joseph



The Anglo American Namibia Foundation (AANF) handed over a new ECD centre at Gibeon in late December and says that children have the right to a good, solid foundation and education in a safe and nurturing environment.

During the event, the foundation coordinator, Richard Cook said that it is always a pleasure for him to be a part of projects of this nature.

The ECD centre was a joint effort between the Gibeon Village Council, Namibian government (MGEPCW), and the AngloAmerican Namibia Foundation.

"The investment in ECD has been the signature project of the AANF for the last 9 years and we have been seriously invested in this sector. We are particularly proud of the work we have done in this ECD space, not only through our contribution to local infrastructure but more importantly by investing in the basic education of the Namibian child," Cook said.

The plan that started as a discussion involved having one centre for the community of Gibeon, which has 4 classrooms to accommodate the 3 existing centres at the time.

“The building is an AngloAmerican design. Four classrooms with a storeroom in each of them, a kitchen for the preparation of light meals, and adequate bathroom facilities.

“There is a play park with a carport as well as a sandpit with a carport for the protection of the children against the heat.

“Furthermore, the centre is fully equipped with all the kindergarten play material, kitchen furniture as well as office furniture. The building is equipped with safety doors for all the classrooms."

The foundation alongside the rest of the stakeholders signed an MOU and the 3 existing kindergartens moved into the new kindergarten.

The ECD centre is owned by the Gibeon Village Council and subsequently looks after the maintenance of the building.

The deputy minister of gender equality, poverty eradication, and social welfare, Bernadette Jagger, said investment in ECD centres will yield a tremendous return on investment in the long run.

"Children who are exposed to early childhood development services are more successful at school, are unlikely to drop out of school, have better chances to find employment, achieve higher earnings as adults, are healthier, are less dependent on welfare assistance and are unlikely to involve in lawless or criminal activities, compared to those who missed out on those early development opportunities," she said.

Jagger further commended the foundation for their continued support to the communities in the Hardap region.

"I would like to call on parents and caregivers to enrol their children at the newly constructed centre and to ensure adherence to Covid 19 guidelines at the centre. The Ministry will strive to provide some Covid 19 Preventative Protective Equipment (PPEs)," she said.

caption 1:Hon Lucia Witbooi, Richard Cook, Bernadette Jagger and Hardap governor Salamon April.

PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED

Similar News

 

Line drawn between initiation and orientation at Swakop school

2 days ago - 20 January 2022 | Education

ADAM HARTMAN SWAKOPMUNDCharacter building, discipline and academic performance are considered respectable outcomes of orientation for new school learners, while practices that could...

Recovering education

4 days ago - 18 January 2022 | Education

Enzo Amuele Otjiwarongo The education ministry has promised to make efforts to recover and reimagine education in Namibia. According to the ministry's executive director, Sanet...

Three decades of dedication

4 days ago - 18 January 2022 | Education

Jeanette Diergaardt A lifetime education and rugby The year 1988 marked the start of a memorable journey for Herman Rust, the newly retired principal...

Back to school

4 days ago - 18 January 2022 | Education

Allistaire Van der Merwe saam met Mnr. Colin de la Harpe

A number of schools in Windhoek are seeing classrooms...

4 days ago - 18 January 2022 | Education

Rivaldo Kavanga The education ministry had in the beginning of the academic year issued a circular to schools directing them to ensure that...

Namibian universities and tertiary institutions are making provision for...

4 days ago - 18 January 2022 | Education

Desiree Gases The ministry of education officially informed learners, parents and the public on 13 January that the full-time National Senior Secondary Certificate Ordinary Level...

Education for the rich

5 days ago - 17 January 2022 | Education

MATHIAS HAUFIKU WINDHOEKNamibia’s private schools are to a large extent self-governing on how to...

High school initiation turns ugly

1 week ago - 14 January 2022 | Education

ADAM HARTMAN SWAKOPMUND Parents of grade eight learners at Namib High School in Swakopmund...

Grade 1s all placed in Oshana

1 week ago - 13 January 2022 | Education

STAFF REPORTER OSHAKATI About 300 grade one learners who had not found space by...

More primary schools needed for Otjomuise

1 week ago - 12 January 2022 | Education

NAMPAWINDHOEKOver 50 grade zero and grade one learners have been left stranded in the Otjomuise residential area of Windhoek as the two only primary schools...

Latest News

N$8.8 billion gained in export...

1 day - 21 January 2022 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUNamibia gained about N$8.8 billion in exports earnings in November 2021, an increase of 1.3% when compared to N$8.7 billion recorded in October 2021....

NISS records settlement value...

1 day - 21 January 2022 | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUDue to high volumes of the new domestic electronic funds transfer (EFT) system streams, utilisation of the lending facilities, the purchase and resell of...

In the jaws of justice

1 day - 21 January 2022 | Justice

ELLANIE SMIT, JANA-MARI SMITH, MATHIAS HAUFIKU AND OGONE TLHAGE · Esau spent N$900k from undeclared account while...

Working with high standards of...

1 day - 21 January 2022 | People

Wetumwene Shikage Not expecting to find a smooth and easy way of work, Romario Arnat describes his working experience as an eye-opener as to how...

Taking steady growing curves

1 day - 21 January 2022 | People

Wetumwene Shikage Timothy Olivier’s passion and dedication has been a key driver in his success not only within Old Mutual, but throughout his...

US sanctions strangling Zim economy...

1 day - 21 January 2022 | Economics

FANUEL JONGWECallisto Jokonya stands in the cavernous factory of Imperial Refrigeration and recalls the halcyon days. In the 1990s, his factory, located in the Zimbabwean...

UK inflation pushes cost of...

1 day - 21 January 2022 | Economics

ROLAND JACKSONThe annual rate of inflation in Britain rose to a near 30-year high in December, official data showed Wednesday, stoking fears about a cost-of-living...

Malpass urges Microsoft to help...

1 day - 21 January 2022 | Economics

After Microsoft announced it would spend tens of billions of dollars to buy a video game company, World Bank President David Malpass on Wednesday drew...

I’m not politicking with housing...

1 day - 21 January 2022 | Politics

NAMPA WINDHOEKThe housing crisis in Namibia is beyond politics and could lead to a civil war if not addressed in an...

Load More