The German Embassy Windhoek has signed a funding agreement with Stepping Stone Special Education School. The support from the Embassy's micro-project fund provides a donation of 120.000,00 N $ (approximately 7.500,00 Euro) to the school in Swakopmund.
Stepping Stone opened its doors in 2015. Children with autism and related special needs (namely PDD – pervasive development disorders and certain instances of down syndrome) are getting the adequate care through trained staff. The classes are divided into small groups, which ensure better advancement for the learners. The principal Almarie Mostert, who has been working for more than 12 years in this field, is very dedicated and creates a relaxed and conducive atmosphere through her special care for the children.
The financial support of the Embassy is used in particular to raise awareness in the field of autism. Flyers in three different national languages will be printed and distributed in public facilities, such as Ministry of Education, Ministry of Child Welfare, Ministry of Health and Early Childhood Development Centers. In addition, regular information events will be held in schools and other public places.
Furthermore the school will acquire therapeutic-educational materials and educational toys to stimulate the development of the children.
The care of children with autism and PDD is urgently needed in Namibia. Many affected families do not have a contact point and in many cases, they do not know how to adequately care for and support their children. The purpose of the information sessions is to create a better network to give affected families the opportunity to get Support.