ECD experts encourage parents to teach their children at home

ECD experts encourage parents to teach their children at home

Deputy Executive Director in the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Martha Mbombo, said that although children were sent home, parents are encouraged to stimulate early learning and help them grow and learn at home.
She said education starts at home. It's not new to parents.
Mbombo said opportunities in the development of children have been reduced, as early childhood development (ECD) centres remain closed to protect them during this pandemic.
She said it will be difficult to keep them in schools as "children's interactions can not be controlled".
Mbombo said 388 202 children were registered at ECD centres since 2014.
She said the ministry has involved various stakeholders to work on modalities for subsidies to support ECDs employers to be able to pay salaries to their employees..
Education senior programme manager of the European Delegation to Namibia, Sonia Godinho says the impact of COVID-19 on children is stress, anxiety and fear that came with the restrictions of the pandemic.
The duo spoke during an update at the COVID-19 Communication Centre today.
Godinho said children do not have the mechanisms to cope, therefore, calling on parents to help them build resilience to fight all these.
She said her programme's role is to give support and guidance to parents, provide them with tools to communicate in the language better understood by children.
Godinho called on parents to look for the right information on COVID-19, to give them insurance and security and to engage children in physical activities at home.