Schools for Africa
UNICEF, partnering with the Government of Namibia and partners from the public and private sector, is strategically responding to the challenges and opportunities in Namibia. UNICEF Namibia has a long track record of implementing education programmes that result in real and sustainable change for children. In a country where only 16 per cent of children aged 0 to 4 years attend early childhood development programmes, many are left behind, resulting in low access to pre-primary education (5 per cent).6 To combat this, UNICEF has been working with the government to improve access to early childhood development including developing the National Early Childhood Development Framework and policy guidelines. Instances of poor health and low nutrition are common in Namibian schools. UNICEF continues to focus on partnerships and relationship building and has worked to revitalize the National School Health Task Force. More recently, UNICEF, in partnership with the Ministries of Education and Health has trained over 300 regional school health officials across the country, and is developing a School Health Training Manual and the National Safe School Framework. These bring about an environment more conducive to learning through an integrated approach which centres on school health and safety.
UNICEF has also been providing support to the government to strengthen the education system, while focusing on data generation and building the capacity of government officials, as well as teachers and principals, to improve financial efficiencies in the sector. This has resulted in improved data collection and therefore increased the data turnaround for the Annual education Census by 500 per cent.
In 2018, UNICEF launched its first Business Council, which aims to expand strategic engagement with the public and private sectors. The Business Council will work with the private sector to address and develop skills needed for young people by providing affordable Internet to all secondary schools.