RCE Khomas-Erongo-2012

1. General Information
Contact Name(s): 
Elsabe Julies
Clive Lawrence
Organizational Affiliation : 
University of Namibia
Municipality of Swakopmund
Role in the project: 
Deputy - Secretariat
2. Project Information
1. Project title: 
Early childhood learning support
2. Project Description: 
In this project the aim is to aid in the development of literacy and numeracy skills in early childhood age which is the age from 5 to about 8 years of age. This include the pre-primary and first 3 years of primary school. We would like to develop and distribute learning materials that would assist children in both formal and informal education. Since most of the early childhood teaching is done by mothers as well, we need to develop material that is easy to use, durable and widely accessible.
3. Project Status: 
In Planning
4. Key Words
Key Words: 
Education Support
5. Project categories
Project categories: 
Awareness building
Material production
6. Expected outcomes:: 
This project will develop learning materials that can be used by teachers, mothers and other educators involved in early childhood learning and development. The material will aid in the strengthening of literacy and numeracy skills in children.
7. Duration of the Project:: 
2012 - 2014
3. Project Leadership & Vision
8. Project coordination (e.g. teams): 
Ms. L. Kohmen (NARREC), Dr. E. Julies(UNAM), Mr. P. Shimalumba (NIED)
9. Leadership structure
a. Administration: 
b. Transactional: 
c. Transformational: 
4. Project results
10. Project results : 
A meeting was held between members from NIED involved in early childhood and primary education and Victoria Keding (NaDEET), Liz Kohmen (NARREC) and Elsabe Julies (UNAM). There was a brainstorming session and the following were decided on:
1. Education material will be produced initially as a newspaper insert of about 8 pages. These will also be in the form of a worksheet on one side of the paper, while the other side will have large illustrations that can be utilized by teachers in classrooms as posters. The material of the paper will have to be of a high quality and durability. Newspapers are read by parents and readily available in most parts of the country. It is normally parents, especially mothers who are responsible for early childhood education.
2. Other distribution points will be Nampost offices, which are especially practical in rural areas, since most people visit the post office nearest to them.
3. AGRA distributes an agricultural letter and the material can be distributed as an insert in these letters to farmers where often there are no kindergartens on such farms.
4. Online resources should also be provided. This will be possible as soon as the website for the RCE has been established and it can also be posted on the NIED website. Maurice will develop the RCE website.
5. The proposal for development of the material, printing and distribution of the material will be developed by Liz and Victoria with Elsabe making contributions as well.
6. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare should be contacted and involved.

So far we are still busy with developing the proposal which will be submitted to funding agencies for funding of the project.
11. Contribution to reforms and innovations: 
At organizational level it promoted collaboration
12. Unexpected / unplanned results: 
So far none.
13.Core Partners: 
University of Namibia; NARREC (NGO); NaDEET (NGO); NIED (curriculum developers - government organization)
5. Partnership and networking
14. Project Network
a. Information network: 
b. Knowledge network: 
c. Innovation network: 
6. Participation
15. Type of involvement: 
All partners participate in the development of the proposal and the learning materials.
16. Participation opportunities
a. Informational participation: 
b. Consultation participation: 
c. Decision influencing participation : 
7. Education & Learning
17. Educational activities: 
Literacy and numeracy skills development
Environmental Education - since the material will have themes that address biodiversity, conservation and other ESD issues such as health.
18. Learning activities: 
Development and distribution of material.
19. Educational activities
a. Theory: 
b. Discussion: 
c. Interactive and Multidimensional "action oriented education": 
8. Research Integration
20. Research & Development (R&D): 
Not applicable
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