CHILDREN in Khomas, Oshana and the two Kavango Regions will soon benefit from a pilot project spearheaded by LifeLine/ChildLine (LL/CL) and the Church Alliance for Orphans (CAFO).
The project, which is supported by the Roger Federer Foundation and runs until December 2019, is aimed at improving school readiness in children in the target regions.
Federer is now part of a growing number of celebrities who are assisting Namibians with projects to uplift communities. He joined Ukrainian boxers Wladimir Klitschko and his brother Vitali, who visited Namibia in 2006 and pledged to popularize an education project for the San people. Angelina Jolie supports the community upliftment projects run by the N/a’an ku sê Lodge and Sanctuary
Regional Program Officer in Oshana, Hileni Nashongo, said these regions were selected following an extensive mapping exercise that has resulted in 71 Primary schools and 150 Early Childhood Development Centres selected to be part of the pilot project.
“The programme seeks to share information for joint responsibility of all on the ground for improvement of services to early learners, scale up access to age-appropriate early learning facilities,” said Nashongo.
According to Nashongo the methodology of learning through play, school readiness and the sensitive phase of transition into primary school plays an important role.
Last year, the government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Roger Federer Foundation, which commits both parties to collaborate in an effort to increasing participation in organized learning and school readiness of children before entering into primary school in Namibia in accordance with Sustainable Development Goals 4.2 (SDG) and National Development Plan 5 (NDP).
CAFO was launched in Namibia in 2002.