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Making Handwashing with soap a habit at school

Ohangwena, 29 September 2017 - As the school bell rings, learners from Onakatumbe Combined School in Namibia’s Ohangwena Region, hurry to class for the start of another day. Their first lesson is however not Mathematics, English or Social Science, but the recently introduced lesson on the development of the healthy and hygienic behaviour of handwashing with soap.  

Zambezi Girls inspired to be part of the Galz & Goals Programme

ZAMBEZI, Namibia, March 2017 –The story of the Galz & Goals programme in Namibia cannot be told without mentioning 21 year old Emma Naris. She was there when the programme was introduced in Namibia’s Capital City, Windhoek, in 2010. Together with 568 other girls who had never played football before, she stepped onto the field, nervous and unsure of what taking part in a male dominated game would mean.  

In Namibia, a new mother brings early childhood development to her community

MASIDA VILLAGE, 25 April 2017 – The year 2013 was a positive turning point for Vivian Ndungati from Masida village, in north-east Namibia’s Zambezi Region. At the age of 23, Vivian gave birth to her first child and soon discovered a passion for helping children get a good start in life.

Little Bugs ECD Centre – providing a ray of hope for families in Sossusvlei

SOSSUSVLEI, Namibia, 25 April, 2016 - Thirteen years ago, Jeanette Swartbooi (38 years) relocated to Sossusvlei, in the middle of the Namib Desert. This move was in response to a breakthrough in employment opportunities which the booming tourism industry provided. The testimony of her life today demonstrates the paradox of how this employment opportunity has resulted in her children being excluded from essential social services such as schools, health facilities and even shops. 

Using sport as springboard for social development

KALKRAND, Namibia, 09 February, 2016 – Benjamin Jansen (31 years) has just spent another memorable day facilitating sporting activities at Kalkrand Primary School, a village based school located in Namibia’s Hardarp Region.

The bumpy road to education

ONGWEDIVA, Namibia, 6 August 2015 - Within the class for visually impaired students at Eluwa Special School, 14-year-old Lonia Shiningani stands out as shy and withdrawn. Unless probed to speak, she remains quiet. But when asked to read, her face lights up. Stooping over her book, her nose almost touching the paper, she traces her fingers over the raised dots of the Braille text and reads out loud as she moves from word to word.

Using sign language to share messages on UNCRC

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 21 November 2014 - There are more ways than one to share your story with the rest of the world.  For children from the School for Hearing Impaired, it was through sign language that they took to the podium in Windhoek to articulate their dreams and challenges during an occasion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in Namibia.

Young parliamentarians stress need for investment in technology in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 16 May 2011 – Last week’s Third Session of Namibia’s Children’s Parliament had a clear message: information and communication technology (ICT) skills and services are essential if the country is to achieve its vision of reaching industrialized nation status by 2030.

UNICEF encourages cricket for boys and girls in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 23 March 2010 – Hundreds of people gathered at the Wanderers Cricket Ground in Windhoek, Namibia for the launch of Kwata Cricket. The partnership between UNICEF and Cricket Namibia promotes sport and play as vital elements in the health and well-being of children and young people.

UNICEF launches ‘Galz and Goals’ programme to promote sport for girls in Namibia

WINDHOEK, Namibia, 10 November 2009 – UNICEF and the Namibia Football Association (NFA) have launched a programme in Windhoek to help get more Namibian girls playing sport.

After-school programme opens a ‘Window of Hope’ for children dealing with HIV/AIDS

OKALONGO, Namibia, 7 March 2006 – Eleven-year-old Fenni is one of 27 students at the Okalongo Primary School in northern Namibia participating in a new and unique after-school programme called Window of Hope.



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