The Minister of Gender Equality and Child Welfare Doreen Sioka handed over educational material to the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre in Ondoozu, Epupa constituency recently.
Speaking at the official handover ceremony, Sioka said that the establishment of the ECD Centre is designed to motivate parents from all works of life, especially in the constituency, to bring their kids to the Centre for them to get a strong education foundation at an early age.
“The ECD Centre will also provide a comprehensive development which will include all sectors of society, ensuring social justice, preservation of human dignity and the fulfillment of the rights of each and every one both female and male children,” said the Minister.
Sioka called upon all men, women and children of the Epupa constituency to make use of the Centre to its fullest potential.
She cautioned against underutilisation of the Centre thus rendering it to become a “white elephant” and urged for it to become an engine to bring development to the area.
The Minister also deliberated on the issue of school dropouts noting that the ministry is concerned about the increasing number of school dropouts in the country although government and other stakeholders are striving by all means to root out the ugly phenomenon in the country.
She further stressed that, “discrimination and disrespect of children’s rights in an independent Namibia is not allowed.”
Stakeholders such as line ministries, development partners, the private sector and NGOs are working together with the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to make the ECD Centre’s programs fruitful.
Major strides have been made, however, there is still room for improvement, especially with regard to co-ordination of programmes and activities geared towards community advancement, to harmonise all the initiatives in order to realise positive impact, The Villager has been informed
“My trust and hope is that the ECD Centre, will be a beacon of hope, a platform for education empowerment, information-sharing, communication and problem solving, a place also for dialogue and debate,” concluded the minister