Kachikau Primary School Disability Unit

Improving accessibility to classrooms for differently abled children at this educational centre in Botswana
Botswana - Chobe
Key Points
  • Kachikau Primary School accommodates 32 children with various disabilities who face daily challenges

  • Accessing classrooms was an issue and after partnering with the Foundation, the school was able to pave pathways for wheelchairs

  • Students board in the provided hostel and are given three meals a day and the only space that was available to eat together was the bare ground outside the front of the hostel

  • The Foundation implemented a second phase to the project and helped with the construction of a communal outdoor dining shelter to improve sanitation and social interaction between students

  • Part two of this complete structure in phase two, will include fitting canvas on the dining shelter to further protect the students from the elements, and we will also construct wheelchair-accessible pathways for all students to get to the area.

Kachikau Primary School accommodates 32 students with various disabilities from the different villages of the Chobe district in Botswana. These students board in the hostels that have been provided and are given three meals a day.

Children growing up in rural areas already face difficulties, for children with disabilities, daily challenges become more severe. In order to support their wellbeing, their social, mental and physical needs must be catered for. This is also key to maintaining a sense of community through inclusivity.

Previously, the students faced the challenge of accessing classrooms across gravel and sand pathways.  Through collaborating with the school, the Foundation was able to help construct paved pathways for easier wheelchair access. The project was completed in 2018.

Another problem the students faced daily was where they were able to eat. The only available area where they could come together at mealtimes was on the bare ground outside the front of the building where they were exposed to harsh weather conditions year-round. Their only alternative was to eat in their dormitories which would compromise their hygiene.

In order to improve the children’s sanitation and social interaction between one another, the Foundation implemented a second phase to the project, with an objective to build a communal outdoor dining shelter, which has now been completed. To enhance our impact, we plan to extend this project through paving new pathways for wheelchairs to access the area. Canvas will also be fitted to further shelter the children from rain, dust, and wind.

Through our partnership with the school, we were able to share the cost of constructing paving to classrooms so that students in wheelchairs can have easier access to classrooms. The paved area is also used as an assembly point.

The hostel which the children stay in did not have a dining area, therefore the students also faced not having access to a safe and clean eating and socialising space.

To simply be able to eat at a table within a comfortable environment with your peers can give you a sense of connection and provide a social experience. It is also important for children to have the opportunity to develop their sense of self-worth and build relationships.

We have completed building a dedicated structure for these students to share their meals under, which has allowed us to reduce health risks and create a space for socialising. This dining shelter was constructed in the open space in front of the hostel and is equipped with concrete tables, electricity and running water. The children will now be able sit comfortably and enjoy recreational time with each other over warm food. The facilities also provide them with the resources to practice basic hygiene, improving their health.

This phase of the project will therefore have a positive impact on both their psychological and physical wellbeing.

Only $12 000 is needed to complete this project!

The Chobe Enclave is a made up of 5 villages (Mabele, Kavimba, kachikau, satau and Parakarungu.) This area is gateway to the prestigious tourism destinations of Lenyanti and Savuti.

The Chobe Enclave has one junior school located at the centre of the area, in Kachikau village, and 5 primary schools; one in each village.

Kachikau Primary School has a unit dedicated to pupils living with disabilities. One of the challenges these pupils faced was access to classrooms and other facilities on the school grounds, due to gravel and sandy floors. Through our partnership with the school, a plan was made to address this need and share costs in constructing paved pathways for easy wheelchair access. The pavement was completed in 2018 and the paved area is also now used as an assembly point for the students every morning.

The next phase that was identified as a priority was building a dining area. This communal space, equipped with running water and concrete tables, is now complete. We are looking forward to paving wheelchair-accessible pathways to the area as well as fitting canvas around it to protect the students from the elements.


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