Remote children denied the right to education 

SHARE   |   Wednesday, 19 July 2017   |   By Solomon Tjinyeka

The North West District councilors have raised concerns that most of the children in Ngamiland are denied their right to education because Government has failed to build schools in rural areas in the region. The councilor for Boro/Senonnori Kenson Kgaga complained that the NWDC has failed to build schools in some rural areas in the district. Kgaga said children in Boro settlement which is less than 10 kilometres from Maun walk long distance to attend school in Maun. He pleaded with the newly elected chair Duncan Enga to consider building two schools in Boro. Councilor for Bojanala ward Luke Motlaleselelo raised the same concern, noting that education for all children is a basic human right. He said his Bojanala ward has four settlements of Ditshiping, Daunara, Xaxaba and Quxao – all of which are not gazetted. He decried that in all the four settlements lack developments as government has failed to build school, clinic and even road that connects the settlements to Maun. He said the council has failed his ward which is a wildlife Management Areas (WMA) as children who reside in Ditshiping and other settlements are forced to leave their parental care and move to Maun to study which is about 60 km.

Some of the children leave their parents at a very young age when they still need them to come to stay in Maun with relatives, he said, adding that there is a lot of drop out of children who are from remote areas. He said most of the remote children do not have access to pre-primary education and quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes that have been adopted by the Ministry of Basic Education to provide education for all. Motlaleselelo also pleaded with Enga to build two schools at least at Ditshiping, saying parents at the village are willing to assist the council with whatever they can. He said the two teacher initiative is very possible as they are some settlements in the Okavango sub district such as Eretsha, Kaputura and other settlement. Enga has said he wanted to improve accessibility of children to schools, especially those residing in hard to reach areas. “I encourage development of two teacher’s school to facilitate children learning at an appropriate rate,” he said. Enga also added that in order to improve early childhood development, the council has entered into a partnership with UNICEF to increase access to early childhood education in rural areas.