Federer meets President Geingob and Cabinet members

Federer meets President Geingob and Cabinet members

Visiting international tennis star Roger Federer and his team met with President Dr Hage Geingob and members of the Namibian cabinet on Wednesday, to exchange knowledge on the importance of early childhood education.
Head of state Dr. Hage Geingob, who used to regularly play tennis, welcomed the international tennis stars and his delegates at the state house.
As part of the meeting, President Geingob applauded Federer for giving attention to the needs of the Namibian child.
He said education is the greatest equaliser, which opens doors for many people.
“If Tennis player has a heart to come from Europe to come to Africa to share his resources and to come in person to seat in Namibia next to me, it's a great thing. So welcome” Dr Geingob.
The visiting player was delighted by the friendly and warm welcome, but simultaneously not surprised as his parents who are regular visitors told him about the great hospitality of the Namibian people.
“I just come back from seeing pre -primary schools, spending time with children, got beautiful welcome and then I saw how they were being educated in different classes, different rooms and different parents teachers just listening to them how everything is going” Federer said.
Federer said he is happy to be able to help a lot of local kids in the future together with the government and other stakeholders, as he believes joined efforts can produce great results.
“It's been great. Like you said a lot of decisions are taken from a far, but with the local team in the ground it's nice to be here in person. I think it's actually very important” he added.
The vision of his foundation is to achieve school readiness in line with sustainable development goals.
The imparting of knowledge is done digitally and through self-guided learning tools- such as an Early Learning Kiosk, which the foundation developed together with local educators and pedagogical experts based on existing national content.
Federer presented the head of state with the tablet which the teachers are using to teach the children as well as one of his rackets he played with in 2012 when he won Wimbledon and became the world's number one player.
The Swiss based foundation with a regional office in South Africa is conducting programmes in six countries in Southern Africa, namely Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.