Clever Cubs School
Naankuse Clever Cubs School opened in 2009 after a need arose for the education of San Bushmen children. Fewer than 1 in 5 San children attend primary school due to financial difficulties and social prejudices. Discrimination of the San prevents many children from receiving adequate education and extends so far into them not being accepted into mainstream schools.
At Clever Cubs, we believe every child deserves the right to an education. We believe in providing a positive learning environment for children to expand their knowledge and gain an understanding of the importance of education in their futures. Clever Cubs is a place where passion is encouraged, and enthusiasm is fostered. It’s a place where San Bushmen children can learn and become thoughtful students who take pride in their education.
San children are often malnourished and therefore are not well enough to attend school. Many San children do not speak English and therefore are unable to learn effectively, and government schools frequently discriminate against San children and do not accept them to the school. The challenges are enormous. Therefore, all the children who attend school with the support of Naankuse are considered a huge success – these are some of the first San children in Namibia being sponsored to attend primary and secondary school. Through providing quality education to the San people of Namibia we reduce poverty by increasing future earning potential for these children and young people
The Clever Cubs School receives no government funding and is reliant on the generosity of donors and school volunteers to continue our work.
Pre-Primary School Education
Our Clever Cubs School offers children a safe and stimulating environment to be in every day, as well as a hopeful future. Coming to school every day is a joy for each child and helps establish a routine for young children, providing them with stability in their lives.
As well as the native Bushman language which all the children speak at home, classes are held in English and Afrikaans. Mainstream schools in Windhoek teach in Afrikaans and English so it is vital they gain fluency in these languages, thus giving them the opportunity to continue their education at a higher level.
Mainstream Education for older children
Due to historical prejudices and discrimination against this marginalized community, it can be difficult for Bushman children to gain entrance into mainstream schools in Namibia. We believe Bushman children deserve the same opportunities as everyone else, and so we work with primary and secondary schools in Windhoek to secure enrolments for the older San children from our village.
The children now receive a first class education and integrate socially with children of all Afrikaans communities. We cover all of the costs for school fees, uniforms, and books, in so doing allowing the children to fully immerse themselves in their secondary education.In order to keep the children living with their families, we also transport them the 42km into school and back every day. If we did not provide this, the children would either have to live away from home and their families or leave school altogether.