Unam kicks off child research training conference

The University of Namibia (Unam) started a three-day Child Research Initiative and Training Conference in Windhoek on Tuesday.

The conference involves a joint partnership with the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, the University of Minnesota, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef).

The initiative is implemented by Namibia’s recognition of the importance of safeguarding children’s well-being.

This also includes steps required by stakeholders and data researchers to strengthen the initiative.

Judith Hall, the executive dean of health sciences and veterinary medicine at Unam, said understanding the state of children’s well-being in Namibia is the underlying theme of the faculty’s research.

“The school graduates 57 students every year in sociology and psychology to research well-being and engagement to lead children to live their best life. We need data, analysis and structure,” she said.

Unicef Namibia representative Samuel Ocran said the fund’s work on data collection drives better results for children.

“By asking the right questions, Unicef can understand their experiences and make sure no child is left behind,” he said.

The three-day conference ends on Thursday.

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