Pre-school unit

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.
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