With a population of roughly 1,300 residents Khwai is situated in a prolific wildlife area. Almost all economic activity is based on photographic safari operators in the region.
The Khwai people led a traditional lifestyle of hunting and gathering until they were encouraged to settle into villages, originally into what is now a part of Moremi Game Reserve but were forced to relocate in the 1960’s.
Due to its location and size, Khwai has minimal services within the village (education & health facilities, household water & electricity connections).
All school-going children board in schools up to 250km away. Children are separated from their families from the very young age of 6 years old to attend primary school.
The younger children, on the other hand, have no services available to prepare them for entry into primary school. They remain at home, mostly with grandparents or unemployed parents.
This project is a partnership to help the Khwai Community to develop their own pre-school.
Khwai with its population of 1300 residents is a village situated on the Northern Boundary of the Moremi National Park in Botswana, 124km from the main centre of Maun. The village is in the heart of a diverse wildlife area and the people live amongst the animals with amazing success. The primary source of employment is the surrounding tourism industry, with the photographic businesses having thrived and expanded since 2003.
The residents of Khwai are a tribe called the Bhukakhwe San who previously inhabited the Moremi Game Reserve but were relocated to Khwai in the 1960’s. The community faces similar challenges that other displaced communities face around the world. Due to its location and size, Khwai has minimal services within the village (education & health facilities, household water & electricity connections).
The community has been without a school since they settled in the village. All school-going children board in schools up to 250km away, in Maun and surrounding areas. Children are separated from their families from the very young age of 6 years old to attend primary school. This means only the older children have access to school and the younger pre-school going age are not catered for.
Most of these children are either:
- Left home with their grandparents while parents seek jobs or attend work within the tourism industry (often resulting in being away from home for 2 or 3 month periods)
- Left home with other older children who have dropped out of school, while unemployed parents participate in alcohol abuse activities in local shabeens
As a result, we initiated discussions with the local community to address these issues by establishing a Pre-school in the village. We are currently mobilizing resources for the construction of the pre-school while awaiting the acquisition of land by the community to build the school on. This will be followed by the acquisition of architectural plans and their submission to the regional council for approval. So far, a plot has been identified and awaiting certification.
The pre-school will provide the children of Khwai with basic early childhood education, as well as facilitate improved livelihoods of some community members through provision of employment.
The impact will be to provide access to education and care for early childhood development in Khwai village and greatly improve preparation and confidence for being able to enter primary learning facilities.
• ±50 children in Khwai aged 1 – 5 years
• ±50 parents and grandparents of children in Khwai aged 1 – 5 years
*There is no formal record of the number of children in Khwai
It will also facilitate improved livelihoods of some community members through the provision of employment.
Raising US$35,250 (US$25,000 for construction and US$5,250 for school furniture) to partner with the community to fund 10% of the total project costs. The rest comes from the community themselves.
Project activities include:
- Resource mobilisation through ACBF partners, ABCF Website and applications to Calls for Proposals
- Engagement of national and local leadership, and other relevant stakeholders on project idea
- Registration of the Pre-School
- Construction of the Pre-School
- Purchase of school furniture, teaching aids & school material/stationery
- Enrolment of children
- Official opening of the school