Khomani San School

KHOMANI SAN SCHOOL

When the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park was created during the 1930s, the livelihoods and freedom of movement of some of South Africa’s last remaining first peoples, the Khomani San, were curtailed. The new park was fenced in and the inhabitants driven away from their ancestral land. Wildlife was better cared for than people.

Khomani San Bushmen School

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In 1999, the Khomani San community was given ownership of a number of farms outside the small settlement Andriesvale where most of them lived at the time plus access and use rights to some areas inside what is now the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Jamma works with this neglected community to establish their own primary school preparing children for live in an ethnically diverse school environment while ensuring that knowledge and skills are transferred to the younger generations, enabling the way of life of the bushmen to continue to develop in today's demanding society.

The holistic Khomani San school programme aims to integrate an up to date curriculum with traditional knowledge to give these children the very best of both and provide them with the life skills and cultural dignity they have missed for so long. 

In an early intervention, Jamma assisted the Khomani San to stock up one of their farms, the 5,000-hectare Erin with wildlife, and turn it into a successful commercial game harvesting business. 

Uplifting communities and providing cultural dignity for future generations.

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The Khomani San are the last remaining communities of the indigenous San people of South Africa. During the creation of the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, much of their land and movement as hunter-gatherers was curtailed and many members of the community were dispersed. In 1995, the Khomani San lodged a claim for the restitution of their land, and in 1999, they were granted farms and land of their own in and around the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

Establishing a junior school where children can receive culturally sensitive good education, enables them to enter senior school equipped to succeed, and uplifting the community on all levels.

“We aim to provide an accessible, culturally sensitive primary school education to the Khomani San children. By integrating an up to date curriculum with traditional knowledge, we help to uplift the community by empowering future generations.” - Claire Barry, Khomani San School Programme

The Khomani San are the last remaining communities of the indigenous San people of South Africa. Jamma International has worked with this neglected community to build sustainable infrastructures for education, health care, water and communication.

We are delighted to be also supporting the Khomani San school to ensure that knowledge and skills are transferred to the younger generations, enabling the way of life of the San people to continue to develop.
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