An Accountant turned farmer from the Okahandja district has taken it upon herself to provide a pillar education for farm workers and pre-school teachers, with a non-government funded educational courses on how to deal with preschool children.
Carin Neethling, who was born in Mariental married a farmer from Okahandja 16 years ago, where she started taking an interest in the development of children and the education of farm workers, pre-school teachers as well as primary school teachers on early development of young children.
She studied Cost and Management Accounting as well as a professional hunter course. She runs a kindergarten called Shalom Kindergarten with her partner, Thea Le Roux an Occupational Therapist. The kindergarten is funded by farmers in the Okahandja district as well as international clients. Neethling conducted her first course called, Play Ready School in Okahandja earlier this year, where she was teaching on fine motor development, gross motor development, sensory integration and visual perceptual development involving 43 people.
The project cost about N$15 000 which is free for pre-primary teachers and day care workers. The people who attended the course were primary school teachers, day care workers as well as parents interested in the course. She has another course lined up April in Windhoek, with interest from other towns such as Rundu, Aroab, Swakopmund, Walvisbay and Gobabis district.
“I love to empower all kids, women and men with education courses and all. I just love education”, Neethling said. She added that because this is the first informal course teach people to concentrate more on playplay with little children for best development, practical and more simple concepts. “We are all so excited about the course. I also did a more complicated course with Shalom teachers last year for my own boys who are 7 and 4 years old and then realised it is too difficult and that we needed simple and practical work”, Neethling added.