It takes a Community to raise a Child: Systemic Support to Early Childhood Care and Development in Namibia
LifeLine/ChildLine has received funding from the Roger Federer Foundation to carry out Early Childhood Development (ECD) activities in the Khomas and Hardap regions for the next three years (January 2015 – December 2017). ECD in Namibia is still in its early stages, with centres often being run as private income-generating entities and many of them lacking minimum standards with regard to aspects around nutrition, health, safety, active learning support as well as parental and community involvement. In addition, the awareness and understanding of holistic child development is poorly developed, leaving key aspects of care, development, education, safety and protection still to be addressed. The project aims to contribute to the current national efforts to improve the lives of children through provision of universal, quality early childhood education as well as holistic and integrated strategies to improve child protection, nutrition and health.