BOT053 Education for San toddlers
Our partner organisation in Botswana is Bokamoso. Bokamoso believes that education is an important means to change the circle of poverty in the area of the city Ghanzi. One of the toddler schools that Bokamoso is supporting, is Bosele. The school, located in the suburbs, is situated in an old trailer. Many families around the school live in houses which are in bad conditions. Teachers prepare toddlers, who live in socially weak families, for going to primary school.
why this project?
In Botswana the San (local bushmen) form a marginalised group. They speak their own language, instead of the official national language of Botswana (which is Tswana). The San toddlers is the target group of our partner organisation Bokamoso. Toddlers are taught the national language and they get used to school structures. They learn these kind of things a year before starting going to a regular primary school. Teachers of toddler schools have received trainings from Bokamoso in order to learn teaching correctly. Deputies focus their support on one of the toddler schools, which is Bosele in the district of Ghanzi. The future plan is to give responsibility for the school to the community, but this partly depends on the parents’ contribution to the school. When the community can manage the responsibility of the school, the support of the deputies will be greatly reduced.
When a San toddler is able to speak the national language, we expect the children to follow primary school more easily. Parents are closely involved in the toddler schools and are encouraged to take their responsibility. However, that process takes quite some time and energy.
This project does not only have a positive influence on individuals, but also influences the local community.