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In order to improve the quality of basic and inclusive education, this programme aims to use advocacy and knowledge management to influence policies and institutional frameworks. This will result in establishment and implementation of appropriate legislation, policies, strategic plans and budgets for equitable access and improved teaching and learning outcomes for boys and girls at pre-primary, primary and secondary levels.

The programme also aims to strengthen the capacity of the education system to ensure continuity in education. This will result in 66 per cent of school-aged boys and girls benefiting from continued access to improved learning from primary through secondary education within a safe schooling environment. Special attention will be given to improving HIV prevention, reducing violence in schools and promoting standards for access to water and sanitation in schools.

UNICEF in Action 

Early Childhood Development (ECD)

Giving children a solid foundation in the early years is the best investment society can make. However, in Namibia, young children do not always get the best start in life.  For many, the early years are riddled with poverty, malnutrition, disease and the lack of opportunities to play and learn the skills needed to do well in primary school.

Considering that children’s overall well being is dependent not only on their cognitive development, but also on their physical, social, and emotional well-being, programmes that coordinate responses across all these components produce the best results.This is why UNICEF supports integrated ECD service delivery, especially for the most vulnerable children, and aims to improve the standards of care and learning in existing ECD centres throughout Namibia.

Inclusive Education

Inclusive education means welcoming all children in mainstream schools regardless of differences in socio-economic background, (dis)ability, race, colour, sex and sexual orientation, religion and ethnicity. In Namibia, efforts are being made to strengthen inclusive education but many children are still being excluded from school, including children with disabilities, children of secondary-school age (especially those in remote rural areas) and children from minority communities such as the Himba and the San.

UNICEF is working with the Government and its partners to strengthen inclusive education. Work is being done to collect and publish data on children with disabilities and children who are out of school, and identify the barriers that exclude children from accessing quality education. UNICEF also helps address the underlying causes of stigma and discrimination that perpetuate exclusion of children with disabilities from society in general and educational opportunities in particular. Engaging with communities to change attitudes towards children with disabilities and creating positive parenting practices are also priorities.



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