We helped the Village Schools in Namibia - you can too!

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It takes a village to raise a child

It’s true that to give children the best start in life is a collective effort from school, community and family. We realized this when we decided to get involved with the villages schools project in neighboring Namibia.

Amazee Labs and Amazee.io wanted to give back in a very special way with the Nyae Nyae Village Schools project by designing and hosting their website to help showcase the fantastic work they do to bring culture and education together in a special way.

Holistic approach to schooling

The Ju/'hoansi Development Fund (JDF)

The JDF is a grassroots organization supporting the Ju/'hoansi Bushmen and their cultural environment in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, Namibia. With the Nyae Nyae Village Schools project the JDF will work within existing education structures and systems in aim of providing quality education for the critical school starting year group of Grade 1 – 4.

The Nyae Nyae Village Schools project is led by a dedicated team of  individuals with backgrounds in local Ju/’hoan community/culture, education, social studies, law, finance, business, and government, from Namibia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

However, they need your help!

You can help make a difference

Every contribution makes a difference! Fundraising efforts for the Village Project go via Indiegogo

If you want to make a contribution, you can follow these easy instructions and make your donation today.

More about the Nyae Nyae Village Schools project

Ju/‘hoan indigenous knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation, with adults teaching practical knowledge of culture, the environment and survival through a wide range of activities.  Ju/‘hoan elders believe their children require both traditional knowledge and academic knowledge. To ensure the continued survival of Ju/‘hoan cultural, parallel pathways must complement formal education.

The approach and purpose of the Village Schools is based on:

  • a holistic approach to indigenous values,
  • full community participation and cultural integration,
  • combining the construction of improved physical infrastructure,
  • the supply of education equipment, supplies and materials, 
  • ongoing support in the form of training of educators, transport to schools, management. 

The learning environment supports the aims of the Village Schools:

  • To improve education outcomes for Ju/’hoan learners by increase student attendance and retention at school.
  • To strengthen and infirm indigenous culture.
  • To involve community members in school operations and cultural education.
  • To continue training of mother tongue Ju/hoan teachers as educators of their own people.

The newly built Village Schools will provide outdoor space and storage for adult vocational skills and arts and crafts including leatherwork, animal husbandry and beadwork for all community members in catchment areas. Emphasis is on applying inherited indigenous skills for their own needs.

Potential layout of new school village

You can download the full project proposal in PDF (37 pages) to read more about the community involvement, staffing, transport and food programmes and the management of the project.

Stay informed about the great work of the Village Schools project:

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December 5, 2016
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