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EU injects over N$300 million into ECD centres

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The European Union (EU) in Namibia has injected more than N$300 million into early childhood development (ECD) centres around the country. 

EU Ambassador to Namibia Ana Beatriz Martins made the announcement during the launch of the programme at Mix Settlement, on the outskirts of Windhoek. 

N$262 million will go to the Treasury, and N$60 million will go towards technical assistance, including support actions implemented by Unicef and the World Food Programme. 

Say No to Drugs campaign tackles scourge of drug abuse

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A drug and alcohol awareness campaign was held at J.A. Nel Secondary School at Keetmanshoop in efforts to tackle the scourge of drug abuse, especially among young people.

The Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare hosted the 'Say No to Drugs" campaign.

The campaign targets youth between the ages of 13 and 17, who appear to be experimenting with drugs and other harmful substances.

A medical doctor and a senior police officer attached to the drug law enforcement unit explained the negative effects of drugs.

Parents, guardians play a crucial role in promoting children's mental health

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An intern social worker in the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare says parents and guardians have a huge role to play in supporting their children's ability to work through mental health and nurturing their positive wellbeing.

Vanessa Gertze Shivute said this at the Mental Health Awareness Day held at Origo Primary School in Rehoboth on Tuesday. Mentally healthy children have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their communities.

San community in Mangetti accuses Gender Ministry of neglecting them

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The San community residing in Mangetti Village, in the Kavango West Region, has accused officials from the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare of failing to provide the necessary support.

Expressing their dismay to nbc News, the community members highlighted that hunger has become an everyday reality within the village.

Among the San families are the Tjilepas, a family of 14, including eight children under the age of 10.

Laws, policies, and cultural practices that discriminate against women must be revised

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Laws, policies, and cultural practices that discriminate against women must be revisited.

This was said by the Executive Director at the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare, Martha Mbombo, at a workshop on strategic planning and the work of the Women's Parliamentary Caucus held in Windhoek.

The three-day workshop is aimed at capacitating female MPs to advocate for and promote women's issues in Parliament.

Stateless mother struggles to make ends meet 

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A stateless mother of 10 at Rundu is finding the going tough as she waits on the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare to approve the children's social grants.

Katarina Matjayi, who resides in the Ndama Informal Settlement, narrated her struggles to nbc News.

Matjayi's struggles started after she gave birth at the age of 16.

By the age of 37, Matjayi had seven children already.

And the arrival of triplets three years ago increased the number of her offspring to ten.

Flood victim Sondag |Hobexab buried at the Epako Cemetery

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Flood victim Sondag |Hobexab is finally buried at the Epako Cemetery. Sondag died in December after being swept away by heavy rains while sleeping under a bridge in the capital.

The mood at the funeral service was somber as Sondag's mother, siblings and mourners paid their final respects.

Sondag has been living on the streets of Windhoek for the past 13 years after dropping out of school, to eke out a living. 

The delay was due to the festive season break when most government offices were closed.

High Court Judge orders release of four Angolan children held in state custody

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Judge Shafimana Ueitele has ordered the Namibian Government to release four Angolan children who have been in state custody for more than four years.

In 2018, the state opened a case against businessman Simon Andjamba on charges of human trafficking.

It was alleged that the businessman trafficked the four children from Angola.

The four children have since been kept in the custody of the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare at an undisclosed location.

Men's conference shed light on importance of men to speak out

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The Oshana Regional Police Commander, Commissioner Naftal Sackaria has lauded the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare for hosting the National Men's conference at Ongwediva. 

Sackaria says the conference has shed light on the importance of men speaking out and seeking emotional support when they are faced with problems.

He made a presentation on gender-based violence cases, and motivated men to speak out and seek police assistance when the need arises.

He discouraged them from taking the law into their own hands.