The Khomani San, live in one of the most remote and least serviced areas in South Africa. An estimation of 500 people live on the farms that fall within this land. This project serves those inhabitants of the area, both parents and children in an attempt to provide culturally inclusive foundation phase education to Khomani San children and to ensure that the ancient N/Uu language and culture are transferred to younger generations and it starting to disappear.
In 1995 the Khomani San lodged a land restitution claim, in the Kalahari NC, which was finally settled on the 21st March, 1999. The combination of poor schools where San children are still discriminated against and the low levels of education San parents experienced under the Apartheid government has put this community's children at a severe disadvantage when entering the public education system.
The Khomani works to provide children with a firm, grounding education, which enables them to enter the public schooling system as equals to their peers. We include the parents in the schooling process, to offer workshops focused on parenting skills and to offer counseling to both parents and children. The Eland school offer sponsorship's to Khomani San who would otherwise be unable to complete their schooling, as well as to support young youth with furthering their tertiary level education.
The Khomani San desires a school situated within the community to counter the dis-empowerment that communities feel in the face of the formal school system. This holistic, Khomani San school program aims to integrate an up-to-date curriculum with traditional knowledge to give these children the very best of both. The Eland School is working on ensuring that the children can receive a good and culturally sensitive education that would enable them to enter senior school well equipped.