In 1994 CLaSH established the first specialised pre-school unit for deaf children in Windhoek,
to date a unique model (and training) institution. A second unit that started 2006 in Northern Namibia
as a CLaSH supported parent-initiative now resides under the auspices of the Regional Office of the
Ministry of Education and is growing steadily into Namibia's third School for the Deaf.
The CLaSH Unit
- follows an educational approach that combines elements of Montessori education
with specific aspects of early Deaf Education.
- provides a stimulating environment where the children can learn effective communication
skills and are prepared socially, emotionally and cognitively for their future schooling
- offers extramural activities such as swimming lessons, rhythm and music and topic-specific
outings to the deaf children
- places emphasis on the regular communication with parents and runs programmes
to assist their empowerment and to teach them Namibian Sign Language
- ensures that children under its care benefit from regular ear care, hearing tests and hearing aids
- has set an example by employing Deaf adults as native signers and caregivers for young deaf
children that is now being followed by the Ministry of Education when appointing
Deaf class assistants in their Schools for the Deaf.