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Learning and schooling of Basarwa (bushmen) children in Botswana

Pridmore, Pat (1995) Learning and schooling of Basarwa (bushmen) children in Botswana. Prospects, 25 (4). pp. 707-722. ISSN 0033-1538. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Additional Information: This article highlights the inadequacy of the current model of schooling delivered to Basarwa children in Botswana, and contends that their education should be reevaluated from a cultural viewpoint. Children and teachers are enmeshed in a dynamic, cultural, social and political web, and there are serious language and cultural barriers to learning. These barriers underscore the need for a bilingual, multicultural model of education to affirm and strengthen the culture of the child. The high mobility of the Basarwa demands a flexible, less formal model of schooling and training of teachers from within the Basarwa culture. An innovative curriculum is needed, building on traditional Basarwa pedagogy and world view to develop skills needed to gain greater equity. The approach to health education known as Child-to-Child has considerable potential for curriculum development. Until a more relevant educational model is available Basarwa children will continue to be disadvantaged.
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Humanities and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2014 16:29
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:47
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