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 available to eat together is the bare ground outside the front of the hostel

  • The Foundation aims to help with the construction of a communal outdoor dining shelter for the improved sanitation and social interaction of the students

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 well-being 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 face daily is where they are able to eat. The only available area where they can come together at mealtimes is on the bare ground outside the front of the building where they are exposed to harsh weather conditions year-round. Their only alternative would be to eat in their dormitories which would compromise their hygiene.In order to improve the children’s sanitation and social interaction between one another, a second phase must be implemented with the objective of building a communal outdoor dining shelter.

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 does not have a dining area, therefore the students also face 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.By building a dedicated structure for these students to share their meals under, we can reduce health risks and create a space for socialising. This dining shelter will be built in the open space in front of the hostel and be equipped with concrete tables, electricity and running water. The children will then be able sit comfortably and enjoy recreational time with each other over warm food. They will also have resources to practice basic hygiene, improving their health.This phase two 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 is building the dining area.

Location

Botswana - Chobe
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