Last week the Capricorn Foundation again committed N$300 000 towards the Amos Meerkat Syllabus (AMS) project.
“Supporting early childhood development is an investment that goes a long way and has a lasting impact on the future of Namibia,” the Foundation said in a press release this week.
The Foundation has also assured that it is committed to investing in early childhood development under its key primary focus area of “Education and Economic Advancement”.
The AMS project aims to equip informal preschools on farms and around remote areas of the country with an appropriate Christian curriculum and teaching aids.
The syllabus is primarily aimed at getting children aged five and six years ready for schooling, with the latest funds donated going towards preparing the 2023 AMS materials and the training of new teachers this December.
Marlize Horn, Capricorn Foundation executive officer explained that his organisation understands the great need for early childhood development (ECD) investment as outlined by the government in the Harambee Prosperity Plan II under the Social Progression Pillar.
“A child who has benefited from a quality ECD can perform better in school and with the development of their emotional, social and intellectual skills. This is, therefore, what we mean by investing in our future generations,” Horn pointed out.
She stated that many preschool children need the opportunity to attend a preschool facility to ensure that they are school ready and equal to other Grade 1 learners.
According to her, the AMS has attended to the very focused and unique needs of preschool children since its commencement in 2012.
The project has reached 5 000 preschool children across the country from Luderitz in the far south to Katima Mulilo in the far northeast of Namibia, the Foundation revealed.