I recall the words so vividly: “You are a mafikozolo – the just arrived”! What did I know about women’s human rights? What did I know about human rights broadly? Who did I think I was to come into an already defined space and attempt a transformation of how things were done? Young “girls” were supposed to know their place and let adults make the decisions. I was just a “youth” after all.
With this booklet we hope to motivate and inspire the next generation of San learners and students to follow in the footsteps of the role models from various San communities in Namibia and Botswana presented here, who have persevered in their personal journeys of academic
“Educational practices intended to generate democratic possibilities must be conceived of not as neutral processes but as political acts; [that can be] hegemonic [and so] reproductive…or guided by an alternative transformative social vision” (Mayo,1999, p. 155).
Countries that invest in the education of women do better in a variety of development indicators. In fact, educating girls is one of the wisest investments any developing country can make” – Rosalyn McKeown (2004).
The Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) is a leading Pan - African NGO advocating for African girls’ education in Africa. FAWE supports 34 countries in sub-Saharan Africa in promoting girls’ education. The mission of FAWE is to promote gender equity and equality in the field of education in Africa by fostering positive policies, practices and attitudes towards girls’ education. FAWE’s goals and vision are in line with Education for All.