Children in the Wilderness (CITW) partnered with the Ducere Foundation in 2015, with the aim of enhancing literacy levels in children across Africa by promoting story writing, creative writing and the capturing of oral tradition through the Ducere ACS Programme.
This year was CITW Namibia’s turn for the children to show their writing skills. Their story books were launched at an official book launch at the beginning of October. The day started with a fun-filled ‘Master Class’ for the school teachers, led by Mrs Di Fleming, Executive Director of Ducere Foundation.
The Mater Class was then proceeded by the official launch of the children’s story books. Once everyone had their seats, the school choir welcomed the crowd with their traditional songs and dancing.
The school then proceeded with a speech read on behalf of Mr Shipahu, the school principal, about how thankful they are for the support they have received over the years from CITW and our partners The Ducere Foundation. Di remarked on their excitement for the opportunity of working with Namibian rural schools on literature. Agnes Tjirare, the Namibian CITW Coordinator, expressed her gratitude on how well the school received the book launch and encouraged learners to read regularly for improved writing skills as well as strengthen their analytical thinking skills.
Two authors, Obendient Areses and Paulina Haimbondi read their stories to the rest of the school and parents before the official closure by the MC Mr Tjiveze, the school’s HOD, followed by refreshments for guests and a photo opportunity.
“Early Childhood Development has a direct effect on the adults children become” Janet Wilkinson.