Affordable Christian School

Eileen van der Schyff

An affordable Christian based Pre-School opened its doors in June 2017 in Kuisebmond, Walvis Bay.

Neele and Josef Nambili opened Hamster Pre-School two years ago to offer the community of Kuisebmond affordable education. “Leave no one behind is what we had in mind when we were planning our pre-school”, Neele told the Namib Times in a recent interview. Neele Named the pre-school after her late fathers’ nickname, Hamster. “Being a scout, my dad always carried everything you might possibly need in his pockets. In Germany, we call someone like that a hamster”, Neele explained. The Pre-School offers a warm, friendly, safe and stimulating environment for children from the ages of 2 to 7 years old (Grade R). Currently Neele and her husband still finance everything themselves. The school offers three teachers of which one is a qualified pre-primary teacher and the other two are assistant teachers. Children 5 to 7 years old (Grade R), are prepared for Grade 1. “We strive to do our best for these children as we believe good education is important for the well-being and upliftment of the community of Kuisebmond. Out of the thirty-nine children between eighteen months and seven years old at our school, six do not pay any school fees and three others pay a lower rate.” Neele said. In this safe and warm environment, children can learn through play inside and outside. The school offers educational toys, books and activities to teach the children. Children enjoy activities like clay, ball games, puzzles, building blocks, fine motor activities like learning to tie shoelaces and they get to learn basic Phonics to prepare them for school.
Hamster Pre-School also offers afternoon classes at a small cost. This is for children form grade 1 to 8. Neele said there is an Afrikaans teacher that comes to teach Afrikaans in the afternoons. The school needs not only financial donations, but also anything at home that people don’t need or use anymore that can be used inside the classroom and outside on the playground. Anyone who can assist please contact Neele Nambili at 081 560 0266.

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