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BOT129 Toddler school Kaikagu

project description

Going to the primary school is for San-children (the ‘Bushmen’ in Botswana) quite a challenge, since the children only speak their own language rather than the national language. Following education is difficult when the language of commu­ni­cation is the national language. The toddler school Kaikagu prepares San-toddlers for going to the primary school. Teachers of Kaikagu speak the national language. The toddlers also get used to the school structure. This is how a San-child can start the ordinary primary school full of confi­dence.

why this project?

In Botswana the San (local bushmen) form a margi­na­lised group. The San are not treated with respect by everyone. Moreover, they speak their own language, instead of the official national language of Botswana (which is Tswana). When a San-child starts going to school, he or she has to catch up in this area. The school Kaikagu starts dealing with this problem a year before toddlers start going to a regular primary school. The toddler school uses the metho­dology learning through play, since the San-children play with teachers and sing songs in Tswana. This is a simple but effective way of changing the language gap.

impact

When a San toddler is able to speak the national language, we expect the children to follow primary school more easily. Besides, children who visited the toddler school have an advantage in knowing how a school is struc­tured. For example, they know of sitting together, of listening to the teacher and of working together. In this way, San children who attended the toddler school have a better chance of succeeding in gradu­ating from regular education.

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