The German Embassy in Windhoek has supported the “Stepping Stone Special Education School” in Swakopmund to run an awareness campaign on autism through a donation of N $ 120,000.00 (about € 7,500.00).
For this campaign information flyers were translated and printed in three of the national languages of Namibia. These will be distributed in the public in order to create greater acceptance of autistic children. Families with children with development disorders can thus be shown support opportunities and respective contact points.
Furthermore, therapeutic-educational materials and educational toys were purchased for the school. This distinct educational material is designed to support children with special needs and to stimulate the development of the children.
During a visit on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, Ambassador Schlaga could personally gain an impression on how the donation was used and what positive effects have already been experienced.
“Stepping Stone Special Education School” was founded 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.