Involvement of the Roger Federer Foundation

In 2015, a new early childhood education initiative in Namibia was launched, which is implemented in a consortium by the two local partner organizations Lifeline/Childline and CAFO. The goal is to cultivate a more enabling learning environment for 5,600 children in the regions of Khomas and Hardap, by complementing national efforts to improve quality of early childhood care and education in Namibia through a holistic and community driven approach. The first phase, which ended in December 2017, had a total budget of CHF 75’000 at disposal. It was subjected to an external evaluation, which showed that the programme, after some initial difficulties, was successful in improving the quality of the preschools. The achievements of the programme in more detail:

  • With 7,600 children who benefited from the programme, the target was exceeded by 2,000. This high number of enrolment is due to both, the success of the sensitisation efforts and the fact that many of the kindergartens were located in extremely deprived townships outside the urban centres.
  • Despite this high number of children reached, the programme could not entirely reach the target of 100 preschools. Still, in the end, 89 preschools were included and all planned activities implemented.
  • Regarding the overall improvements of the preschool’s standard, the evaluation showed positive results. While the base study identified 23 centres in the lowest two quality levels and 57 in the middle on a rating scale from 1 (best quality) to 5 (worst quality), all but one centres had achieved the middle or best level at the end of the evaluation. Today, 63 preschools offer good or very good quality and reach standards 1 and 2.
  • The percentage of preschools that provide a stimulating learning environment rose from 61% to 77%.
  • Health and safety standards represent an improved from 63% to 76%.
  • In total, 2,468 parents completed the new course developed by the partners, which resulted in significantly improved parental commitment: parents paid the preschool fees more regularly, their children arrived with better-packed lunches and they took part in more than 286 parents’ evenings.
  • Somewhat less successful was the increase in teaching standards. Although the training tool for preschool educators was found to be good and useful (it was used to train 374 preschool educators; 80% more than originally planned), observations in the classroom revealed that only 67% of the preschool educators were using the methods learned. Nevertheless, a clear and positive trend has been recognised since the start of the evaluation: the teachers are more responsive to the children and know how to assess them professionally.

The Board is currently evaluating the next phase.


Our implementing partner Lifeline/Childline and CAFO

LifeLine/ChildLine (LLCL) has been in existence for more than 33 years and is recognized as the leading Child Welfare Civil Society Organisation for children and families in Namibia, with its Head Office in Windhoek, as well as Satellite Offices. All programs for children and families are underpinned by the principles of the best interests of the child, the right of the child to participate in decisions which affect them and are complemented with provision of counselling services. LLCL's portfolio of programs and services for children and families currently comprises a free national child helpline, parenting programs, men care & fatherhood programs, child communication & child participation training, safe community programs or social behavior change communication. 

CAFO is registered as a Trust and Welfare Organisation and has a National Office in Windhoek and a presence in 11 Regions in Namibia. It has been working in the field of orphans and vulnerable children since 2003. The vision of the organization is to see that all children in Namibia have the opportunity, and are empowered to reach their potential. Therefore CAFO builds the capacity of communities, leading to more meaningful, effective and holistic OVC interventions, a transformative social momentum towards self-reliance, thus facilitating continuum of care for all children in Namibia. Furthermore CAFO advocates for the enforcement of national and international applicable policies and laws, to ensure that basic human rights, equal legal & social protection for all children are met.

www.lifelinechildline.org.na

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Namibia Facts

Population
2.7 Mio
Compulsory education
6-16 years
Enrolment ratio
primary 90%, completion rate 85%
Illiteracy rate
13%
Access to ECD
30% of children

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