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Multi-lingual educational material to cater for the different indigenous schools

Multi-lingual educational material to cater for the different indigenous schools

The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) officially launched “It’s Time To Grow”, education material for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in three local languages.

The material which will come in the form of books and memory games will be available in the Khoekhoegowob, Otjiherero and Oshindonga languages and will cover environmental themes of Biodiversity, Energy, Water and Waste aimed for lower primary teachers and learners.

Edda Bohn, Director of Programmes and Quality Assurance said it is very important to develop educational materials in mother tongues which has been identified as one of the educational needs in Namibia.

She highlighted the importance of equipping lower primary teachers with the right materials for the development of children and call on the teachers receiving the material to share and make good use of the material.

She further called on all involved stakeholders to work together to achieve the full translation of the book in to all the local languages so that no child is left out.

The project was primarily funded by the UNESCO Participation Programme with the support from Hanns Seidel Foundation Think Namibia Project and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.


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