The Ju/'hoansi Development Fund is a grassroots organization supporting the Ju/'hoansi (San) Bushmen and their cultural environment in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy, Namibia.
We believe San communities are most effectively helped only if they are empowered to help themselves.
Griftland College in the Netherlands chose the Ju/'hoansi Development Fund for it's yearly fund-raising event. David Bruce and Nicolette van der Meer presented a education program to 300 students on the Ju/'hoansi (San) Bushmen and education in the Nyae Nyae Conservancy. On the 21st June 2010 David and Nicolette joined students in their fund raising activity day supporting Tsumkwe Secondary School. A fabulous day out was had by all with wonderfull weather. The amount raised was a staggering Euro 8,367.00. Thank you to all Grifland students, their sponsors, and all teachers involved. A film was made to show Tsumkwe Secondary Students just what their fellow students did in providing money to purchase learning materials and science equipment for the new science laboratory. A film was also made at Tsumkwe Secondary School where the materials were delivered. Click on the image on the left to watch the film, which takes 12 minutes.
Education is the most effective means to protect cultural traditions allowing the Ju/'hoansi to evolve their own culture without loosing the heart of it. The value and significance of education is not limited to inheriting culture, investment in education enables the Ju/'hoansi to brake the cycles of poverty that prevents them from determining their own future. Education is the first step leading to awareness and development.
Ju/'hoan elders believe their children must combine formal education with cultural traditions to meet the challenges that surround them.
In partnership with Griftland College in the Netherlands, the Ju/'hoansi Development Fund delivered teaching and learning materials worth Euro 8,367.00 to Tsumkwe Secondary School. On the 15th September 2010 fund director David Bruce, transported a large consignment of materials including the schools first microscope, learning modules, projectors, teaching aids and text books to the school.
In October 2009 the Ju/'hoansi Development Fund delivered it's first consignment of text books and learning materials to Tsumkwe Secondary School. In partnership with Gamsberg Macmillan and Longman Namibia, fund director David Bruce and partner Nicolette delivered 200 curriculum text books, 600 exercise books, 600 pens, 20 reams of photo copy paper and 2000 sticks of chalk. Our text books and learning materials program aims to support all San learners in the Nyae Nyae region. Many thanks to those who donated funds for text books and learning materials.
Calvin Kazibe completed his first year of the Basic Education Teachers Diploma (BETD) at Windhoek College of Education and has progressed to second year. (February 2011) Calvin Kazibe is the first San tertiary student sponsored by the Ju/'hoansi Development Fund. A former student at Tsumkwe Combined School, Calvin intends to return to Tsumkwe Primary School as a upper primary San teacher in 2013.
Tertiary education provides the critical link in producing much needed teachers, nurses and community workers. We have adopted a long term strategy in identifying and supporting potential San students through senior secondary education, tertiary education and into their chosen professions. It is imperative newly qualified professionals are supported providing lasting influences.
In June 2010 Griftland College in the Netherlands raised € 8,367.00 for Learning Materials for Tsumkwe Secondary School.
In total our 'School Text Book and Learning Materials Program' has raised € 10,617.00 (N$101,604.00 Namibian Dollars). Many thanks to all those who have made donations.