Offer Children a Good Start in Education

Since more than three years, the Roger Federer Foundation has been active in Namibia to strengthen the quality of early childhood education in vulnerable communities. In line with the Sustainable Development Goal 4.2, the Foundation is focusing for the next seven years on the significant change in life before transitioning to primary school. It is important to prepare children well for school and enhance their school readiness. This means that they should be developmentally on track in health, learning, as well as psychosocial well-being before they enter primary school. The transition from preschool to primary school is highly sensitive and full of challenges for children: If they are inadequately prepared for school or badly embedded in their new environment, they are highly likely not to develop properly and to drop out of school. The new initiative of the Roger Federer Foundation will therefore not only enhance the children’s readiness for school, but also the schools' readiness for the children. The initiative is process oriented and bridge building. 

The main goal of the new School Readiness Initiative, which started in January 2018 and will be running until the end of 2025, is to secure a good start in primary education for vulnerable children aged between three and eight. By the end of the initiative, 80% of Namibian girls and boys will have access to quality pre-primary education and will thus be ready for primary school. Furthermore, the initiative is strengthening Namibian Government in meeting its obligations in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goal 4.2: “By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education”. 

The programme is a co-sponsorship with the Swiss Botnar Foundation. The Board has approved a total budget of CHF 7’300’00 for the seven years. Its impact objectives are the following:

  • Increase children’s participation in organized learning at least one year before their transition to primary school
  • Increase children’s school readiness at primary school entrance age
  • Decrease repetitions in lower school grades
  • Decrease dropouts in lower school grades
  • Establish a child development monitoring system and quality rating scheme (transition phase)

These objectives will be achieved by establishing processes of joint responsibility for early learners, scaling access to age appropriate early learning facilities, and enhancing competency of educators on early learning. We will sensitize and engage all relevant stakeholders in order to increase school preparedness of children before transiting into primary school, establish smooth processes of transition and ensure that schools are better in the position to accommodate young learners. An established exchange among educators will raise awareness for the children’s need in the phase of transition. A Child Monitoring Systems will track the development of children and respond to their individual needs. The whole package will contribute towards a better start to education and enhances a world where children living in poverty are able to take control of their future and actively shape it.


Implementing Partners

Saide

Saide is our implementing partner for the development of the Early Learning Kiosk. The organisation is a non-governmental organisation based in Johannesburg conducting projects throughout Southern Africa. Saide's task is to contribute to the development of new models of open and distance education practice that accord with and take forward the values, principles, and goals of the evolving education systems in the Southern African region.

LifeLine/ChildLine Namibia (LLCL)

Lifeline/Childline is one of our partners for the operational pilot outreach. The organisation will be working with a total of 90 ECD centres and 45 primary schools. LLCL is a registered Welfare Organisation whose purpose is ‘safer, healthier, more resilient children, families and communities in Namibia’. It operates a National Counselling Centre in Windhoek, which handles different telephone, text message and online counselling services for the whole of Namibia.

Church Alliance for Orphans (CAFO)

The other partner for the operational pilot outreach is CAFO. It will work with a total of 60 ECD Centres and 30 primary schools. CAFO is a registered Welfare Organisation and a Trust. The vision of CAFO is to see that all children in Namibia have the opportunity, and are empowered to reach their God-given potential. CAFO has been focusing on early childhood development since 2013.

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Namibia Facts

Population
2.3 Mio
Children under 5
14%
Children (0-4 yrs) not attending integrated ECD programmes
87%
Children not in preschool education
60%
Children living in poverty
34%

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