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Author Hays, Jennifer,
Title Owners of learning : the Nyae Nyae village schools over twenty-five years / Jennifer Hays.
Imprint Basel : Basler Afrika Bibliographien, 2016.
Basel, Switzerland : Basler Afrika Bibliograph, 2016.

Author Hays, Jennifer,
Series Basel Namibia studies series, 2234-9561 ; 16.
Basel Namibia studies series ; 16.
Subject Native language and education -- Namibia -- Nyae Nyae.
!Kung (African people) -- Education -- Namibia -- Nyae Nyae.
Schools -- Namibia -- Eastern Bushmanland.
Education, Primary -- Namibia -- Eastern Bushmanland.
Description 1 online resource (282 pages) : illustrations, maps, portraits.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Foreword / by Willemien le Roux -- Introduction -- 1. Background : a journey to Nyae Nyae -- 2. The Nyae Nyae Ju/'hoansi -- 3. Like they are in jail : global and local contexts of San education -- 4. The kids' decision : socialization and education -- 5. We can start under the trees : the village schools over 25 years -- 6. The Ju/'hoansi language as a medium of instruction -- 7. Nharokxao : the teachers -- 8. Logistics : transportation, accommodation and food -- 9. Every year there are problems : transition to the government schools -- 10. Community consultation and participation -- Afterword.
Summary This book describes the Nyae Nyae Village Schools, an innovative and unique mother-tongue education initiative set in north-eastern Namibia. Inspired by the optimism of Independence, the project was designed in close consultation with the Ju'hoansi community in the early 1990s. Drawing upon their traditional knowledge transmission strategies, and initiated in a supportive political environment, the project exemplified 'best practice.' During the following two decades, the Village Schools have transitioned from a donor-supported 'project' to government schools, and have received much attention and support from donors, civil society organisations, researchers, and others. However, the students still do not seem to succeed in the mainstream schools. Why is this? Based on long-term field-work in the region, including interviews with Nyae Nyae residents over several years and work with involved organisations, the book addresses this question. Contextualising the Village Schools within post-Independence Namibia, southern African history and the global indigenous rights movement, it examines the enormous paradoxes that schooling presents for the Nyae Nyae community. 'Owners of Learning' is the English translation of the Ju'hoansi word for 'teacher' and it serves to highlight a fundamental question - to whom does education belong?"
Note English.
Online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed June 17, 2016).
ISBN 3905758822 (electronic bk.)
9783905758825 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 1041837694
Additional Format Print version: 3905758601.

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