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ERIC Number: EJ921730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
The Nyae Nyae Village Schools 1994-2010: An Indigenous Mother-Tongue Education Project after 15 Years
Cwi, Cwisa; Hays, Jennifer
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v5 n2 p142-148 2011
This article provides an overview of a mother-tongue education project for the Ju|'hoansi of Nyae Nyae in Namibia--the village schools. These schools are the only places in southern Africa where an Indigenous San community has access to mother-tongue education for 3 years; and are, thus, an important example in the region. However, there are some daunting challenges that still hinder the transition of Ju|'hoan children to the mainstream government schools in Grade 4. Working conditions for the teachers and principal are also extremely difficult and often overlooked by outsiders who are involved. Written by the Ju|'hoan principal of the village schools and a researcher who has been involved in the area for over 10 years, this article describes the original goals of the village schools when they were initiated, and highlights key points in their process over the past 15 years, including successes and ongoing challenges. (Contains 2 footnotes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Namibia