WINDHOEK: The Ministry of Education (MoE) through its inclusive education campaign sent 2 296 street children back to school this year.
Responding to questions by Nampa, MoE Public Relations Officer Romeo Muyunda said on Wednesday that in the Khomas Region, 80 children were placed back in school, while in the Hardap Region, 46 street children were placed back in school.
In the Ohangwena Region, the ministry managed to place 25 street children in schools, in the Oshana Region 190 children were placed in formal schools and in Kavango, 205 street children are now back in school.
Statistics provided by the Ministry of Education show that in the Otjozondjupa Region, 650 street children were placed in schools, while in Kunene 250 street children, in Caprivi 23 and in the Omaheke Region, 827 street children have been placed in formal school settings.
No figures were available for the remaining four regions.
“At this point we have not collected all the data for this year since we normally do it towards the end of the year, so we do not have specific numbers,” Muyunda stressed.
The registration of the street children is aimed at achieving targets set by the United Nations (UN)’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO)’s Education for All (EFA) programme by 2015.
The MDG target to do with the achievement of universal primary education states that it should be ensured that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling, and that the literacy rate of all 15 to 24-year-olds, as well as women and men, should be increased.
The EFA aims at meeting the learning needs of all children by 2015.
The ministry’s campaign not only targets street children, but targets all children who have dropped out of school for various reasons.