10/06/2013.- The European Union together with Unicef today visited Rehoboth Primary School to observe emerging outcomes of the social accountability pilot , that started in 2011. The three year programme aims at enhancing grass root level engagement in school governance as a means of contributing to quality education.
While Namibia has made some progress, ranking the top five countries in Africa to reduce child mortality in the past 10 years, the renewed commitment and support from the Government of Japan comes against a background of critical gaps persisting to continue reduction of maternal and child mortality.
The Maternal and Child mortality in Namibia is currently standing at 200 per 100,000 live births and 42 per 1,000 live births respectively. And 1 in every 3 under five children experienced malnutrition in the form of stunting.
In Namibia, a ‘Disability Policy Audit’ by the Southern African Federation of the Disabled, conducted in 2008, shows that as many as 50% of children with disabilities never attended primary education, especially in rural areas.
But the truth is we don’t really know for sure. Children with disabilities are all too often hidden behind closed doors, left off birth registers or shut away in institutions and forgotten.
Discrimination on the grounds of disability is a form of oppression.