Children in rural areas face daily challenges including not having access to quality education
Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) need a little extra psychosocial support as well as help getting them back into the educational system
A conducive learning environment is key to increasing performance and therefore opportunities
The Foundation aims to improve access to education by building a classroom block and raising funds to pay a years’ worth of salary for a teacher, to assist learners in improving their academic outcomes.
The Bana Ba Letsatsi is a rehabilitation centre in Maun, Botswana, that caters for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children. It provides a safe space for them as well as a variety of services.
This support ranges from daily meals, skills development, clothing, transport, sports, medical care, sanitary facilities, education and many more.
These children face many day to day challenges that includes parental neglect, abuse, lack of school attendance or even dropping out due to their circumstances.
Without the resources to access education, the OVC’s future opportunities become limited.
The Foundation has collaborated with the centre and will construct a classroom block on the new plot that has been allocated to Bana Ba Letsatsi. We will also contribute further by paying the salary of a teacher for one year. This will assist the centre in their endeavour to provide education to the children by creating a learning environment where students can have the chance to improve their performance.
By providing access to education to Orphaned and Vulnerable children within this area, we can help give them the opportunity to open future doors to employment.
The education and skills-building and development programmes that the centre offers include a wide range of training in courses focusing on manual expertise.
These include bricklaying, cooking, plumbing and guiding lessons for the older children who can one day utilise these skills to generate a form of income that will hopefully assist them in supporting themselves.
New opportunities for increased knowledge can influence and empower individuals to change their lives and their community. It can also create an awareness of responsibility, thus changing attitudes positively and creating room for a better society.
P250 000 for the classrooms construction
P8500.00 per month for one teacher’s salary for one year
Maun is the third to the fifth largest town in Botswana and is said to be considered the ‘tourism capital’ of the area, although some say it still has a rural atmosphere.
The settlement may have developed but because of this, there has been an influx of people moving to the area as a result of its advancement. With a population of over 50 000 that is still growing, unemployment levels began to increase along with other social and economic issues.
At-risk children have also surged in numbers which have created a demand for rehabilitation centres such as Bana Ba Letsatsi.
Many parents are unable to care or support their children due to a lack of income, poor health, or other reasons. Orphaned and Vulnerable Children are offered a safe space within the Bana Ba Letsatsi centre, which addresses the issues of these children.
Through educational programmes, counselling sessions, and technical skills training, they aim to help put students in the future position of possible employment.
By contributing to a new classroom block and teacher’s salary, we can improve OVC’s access to quality education or skills development for increased opportunities in the future.
Education is a tool that can be used or chance that the youth can take, to one-day secure employment or assist them in generating their own income for a higher quality of life.