PERIVOLI OKONJIMA COUNTRY SCHOOL
WHO WE ARE
Our Mission Statement: "CONSERVATION through EDUCATION"
Our Vision: The Perivoli Okonjima Country School aims to support and challenge the youth to reach for higher education and a stimulating career.
Our Goals: The Perivoli Okonjima Country School aims to support and challenge the youth to reach for higher education and a stimulating career. This private, rural school based on Okonjima farm, aims to provide a sound, start-up education for pre-school (ages 2-5 yrs) as well as lower primary children (grades 1-4). Due to financial and social constraints, a large number of young Namibians are denied the opportunity of a high standard of education. The rural communities of Namibia are in dire need of effective pre-school and lower primary education, thereby offering a sound basis for their entire school career.
- employ qualified and passionate teachers who wish to make a difference
- provide the correct tools for a good education
- offer positive guidance and discipline
- allow each child to accept his/her individuality
- provide each child with the opportunity to be self reliant and independent
- allow each child to recognise and appreciate their endeavours
- provide a secure and healthy structured environment
This private, rural school based on Okonjima farm, aims to provide a sound, start-up education for pre-school (ages 2-5 yrs) as well as lower primary children (grades 1-4).
Due to financial and social constraints, a large number of young Namibians are denied the opportunity of a high standard of education. The rural communities of Namibia are in dire need of effective pre-school and lower primary education, thereby offering a sound basis for their entire school career.
Vast distances between their homes and the closest education centers, prevent the pre-school child from attending even the most basic play-school environment. These unfortunate children are not at all prepared for first grade and many have difficulties adapting to the demands of formal school.
This private Perivoli Okonjima Country School should form the basis for future mobile and stationary play-and pre-school as well as lower primary systems, in support of the rural child. When pre-school preparation is adequate, more children will be able to adapt to the ever-increasing demands of the Namibian school curriculum.
Despite the fact that Namibia’s Ministry of Education aims to reach the most remote areas of Namibia, the Perivoli Okonjima Country School should compliment this system. The Namibian Government is in support of privately sponsored organisations willing to work towards a common goal of education for all, hereby offering each child the opportunity of good schooling.
We shall ensure that our school will not only be an academic platform but a sound foundation for environmental education. This will create a balance of understanding and contribute to long-term wildlife conservation through inspired leaders.
Running of the School
For the Kindergarten / Pre-School section, Perivoli Okonjima Country School employs one kindergarten school teacher and two classroom assistants; for the Lower Primary Section, we employ three qualified teachers and three classroom assistants.
Each child is provided with a cooked lunch, served from a dining area under cover.
Self-contained housing is provided close-by for the three primary school teachers and their families.
Since the Perivoli Okonjima Country School was established 01 February 2010 the school has provided education to 410 children. There are currently 20 children attending the kindergarten and 40 attending the primary school.
Graduates of the School
On Graduating from the Perivoli Okonjima Country School at age eleven, efforts are taken to find positions for each child in the various Primary government schools and week-day hostels in Otjiwarongo, situated 70 kms away from Okonjima.
The Perivoli Trust provides scholarships for outstanding students, allowing them to attend private schools in Windhoek or elsewhere.
Costs and Funding
The POCS and staff housing cost approximately USD 250,000 to build, of which two-thirds was paid for by the Perivoli Trust and one third by Okonjima.
The School operational costs reach approximately USD 50,000 per annum, which approx. two-thirds is donated by the Perivoli Trust and one third by Okonjima.
THE PERIVOLI TRUST
The Perivoli Schools Trust
The Perivoli Okonjima Country School initiative sits alongside the Perivoli Trust's other education initiative in Namibia, the Perivoli Schools Trust (PST), which is a Namibian registered charity.
The aim of PST, Namibia, is to motivate poorly qualified teachers in rural communities, to stimulate their under-privileged students, providing opportunity to prosper once they reach state-funded, primary schools at age six or seven, where the ‘drop-out’ rate is currently alarmingly high. One such programme encourages the use of waste materials as educational toys.
The approx twenty employees of PST, known as Perivoli Trainers, who are located across the country, provide eight 1-hour modules to nursery school teachers over a period of six months; topics include why stimulating the various facilities of young children (fine motor skills, eye hand co-ordination, sense of body, etc.) through play, is important for their subsequent educational development.
PST also provides educational workshops to parents of young children. Perivoli Trainers make regular follow-up visits to check on the schools (which receive no government attention) and to collect data on the student attendance and school facilities. Progress is monitored by a self-designed tool called the Perivoli Evaluation. See perivolischools.com for more information.