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The well-being of children to be discussed at UNAM

The well-being of children to be discussed at UNAM

The University of Namibia (UNAM) sociology department will be hosting a lecture on “What is good For Children? Social inequality and the chances of education”, by Professor Dr Klaus Peter Strohmeier, Senior Professor of Sociology Faculty of Social Science from the University of Ruhr, Germany.

The lecture will be held at UNAMs Main Campus on 23 August at 17:30 in the Auditorium, ILRC (Library).

The lecture will describe commonalities and differences in social inequality, poverty and marginalization in Namibia based on research of Strohmeier’s Namibian students and Germany, and their effect on the development of young children.

The lecture will secondly discuss coping strategies for integrated policies to local level to counter and to prevent the negative effects of social inequality and deprivation, which will be presented based on the results of the scientific evaluation of ‘Leave no Child Behind’ and on comparative empirical research on the well-being of children conducted in Germany and Canada. Afterward discussion will be held to find out if the political conclusions drawn can also be adequate for Namibia.

From 1997 to 2010 Professor Dr. Kaus Peteter Strohmeier had been Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Regional Studies, a centre affiliated with the Faculty of Social Science at Ruhr. At UNAM he taught classes on “Urban Sociology and Urban Statistics” in 2010, 2012 and 2015 as a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

He has also been principal investigator for the scientific evaluation of the programme “Leave no child behind!”, which in the federal state of North-Rhine-Westphalia has implemented local prevention chains in 18 cities and districts in order to improve living conditions and life chances particularly of disadvantaged children. From 2016 on he has worked as principal investigator in local study on the well-being of children.

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