100,000 NAD (approx. 5,800 EUR) was made available to support learners and staff of the recently funded school in the Zambesi region.
The school aims at improving academic performance, educational standards and the development of young learners in a specific way. Along the traditional curriculum, the learners will be educated in environmental sustainability, making of this school an example of a so-called “Forest School”.
The outdoor educational model will have the learners visit their environment on a regular basis and acquire social and technical skills through a hands-on approach in nature. Having the school in the heart of the Kavango-Zambesi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA TFCA) offers the students the opportunity to learn to live harmoniously with the existing wildlife and nature. They will also learn more about conservation and sustainable utilization of biodiversity.
The funds were utilized to procure learning materials, such as textbooks and a photocopy machine. This helps the school to increase its intake of students and eases the lesson preparation for the staff in order to facilitate the general flow of the lessons and school process.
Wild Kids Academy Trust is a private school - registered with the Ministry of Education in 2021 - which has an enrolment of 101 learners. Besides the traditional curriculum, the main aim of the school is to teach the learners to relate to nature in a more constructive way. It allows them to learn to respect nature and the environment from an early age and to unlock the possibilities for a sustainable development of the resources offered by the surroundings.
The Wild Kids Academy is aiming to offer also bursaries to children from less privileged backgrounds (conservancies). This will bring about a diverse group dynamic and will allow these children to share in their growth and developing process, as well as ploughing back into their communities, once they finish school and apply their knowledge.
For it will be these learners who become the future adults that will have an understanding for nature and respect & love for their immediate environment, their country and the planet at large.