Early Childhood Development (ECD) remains a critical foundation for the future of Namibian children. The First Lady of Namibia fully supports ECD as a priority for Namibia.
A new study has comprehensively analysed the factors affecting the growth and development of children between the ages of 0 and 8 years in terms of their health and hygiene, mental, physical, emotional and socio-economic environments at home and within the communities.
The study was launched at the Masida ECD Centre in the Linyanti Constituency of the Zambezi Region today. Titled “Needs Assessment of under resourced and vulnerable Early Childhood Development Centres in Namibia” the study surveys 32 vulnerable ECD centres across 8 regions of Namibia, namely, Hardap, Kavango West, Kavango East, Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati, Otjozondjupa, and Zambezi. It gives a comprehensive indication that both human and financial constraints are limiting provision of the essential services for children before they enter formal education. Despite these limitations, ECD centres serve as places where children are able to learn, develop, and receive an introduction to the education system.
“As a matter of principle, the Office of the First Lady insists that all its interventions are targeted and evidence based. The foundations have been laid for ECD in Namibia, however, as we strive towards our collective goal of providing integrated early childhood development services, it is imperative that we understand the existing conditions at ECD Centres across the country” said Madame Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia.