“Keeping Kids at School“ southern Kalahari

The ‡Khomani San – South Africa’s remaining First People – live in one of the most remote and least serviced areas in South Africa. An estimated 500 people live on the farms that fall within the ‡Khomani San land claim. In this International Year of Indigenous Languages, IPACC launched a crowd-funding initiative to support the ‡Khomani San’s Eland School, in its “Keeping Kids at School ‘’ project.

 Eland School provides culturally-inclusive foundation phase education to ‡Khomani San children, aiming to ensure that the ancient N/Uu language and culture are transferred to younger generations. Currently the N/Uu language is spoken only by a handful of elders and without the efforts of Eland School, the passing of these elders would mean the tragic death of yet another indigenous language.

 However, the School is under-resourced and struggling. IPACC’s crowd funding campaign was a vital initiative to get Eland School onto a sustainable footing.  IPACC also made a grant to the school to ensure that its doors remain open. The school needs further support into 2020.

See: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/eland-school/?fbclid=IwAR0PfcnhXRgwJTwjIEHFeSa3OBxg4bWVV9KFmL1pQ6-4POqpPgPNI6oLnkI

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Indigenous Environment Defenders.

Africa’s hunter-gatherer and nomadic pastoralist peoples have lived symbiotically and sustainably within Africa’s ecosystems for millenia. Their Traditional Knowledge Systems are treasure houses of indigenous knowledge.

Under colonialism, African hunters and nomads suffered land dispossession and cultural oppression. In the post-colonial era, they’ve advocated for their land, cultural and human rights.

Now, in this Age of Climate Change, Africa’s hunter-gatherer and nomadic pastoralist peoples are recognised as frontline guardians and managers of African biodiversity, and provide early warning for climate change trends.

We appeal to African governments to formally recognise the Traditional Knowledge Systems and practices of hunters and nomads.


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