By Confidente Reporter
THE //Ana-Djeh San Trust recently launched a booklet aimed at motivating San youth to complete their education, while inspiring them to pursue professional careers.
The booklet also shares the challenges faced by San youth, as well as inspirational success stories.
The //Ana-Djeh San Trust promotes access to all levels of education for San youth, and motivates students to complete their education, in order to secure a brighter future.
They recently launched the booklet, together with Ombudsman John Walters.
Walters contributed the foreword to the booklet, which features seven short inspirational stories by San youth, and community leaders from various San communities in Namibia and Botswana.
The launch was attended by nine San youth from across Namibia, who had participated in a workshop facilitated by the Alternatives to Violence Project, which teaches communication skills and peaceful conflict resolution.
Walters encouraged the San youth to have self-confidence and to never stop dreaming, as this is the only thing that will take them far.
“The right to education for all children in Namibia is enshrined in our constitution, which states that primary education shall be provided free of charge to all children, and that children shall not be allowed to leave school until they have completed their primary education or have attained the age of 16 years,” Walters said in the booklet’s foreword.
“Yet we are aware that many children, and especially children from San communities, do not complete their primary education, let alone access secondary and tertiary education, due to the many social and economic challenges they face. He said that many San learners experience discrimination, bullying and violence at school from other learners, as well as from some teachers, who disrespect them and disregard the specific challenges they face in their educational journey.
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