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San community gets N$1 million boost from German Government

San community gets N$1 million boost from German Government

The Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) project, ‘San matter’ got a boost when a funding agreement was inked between OYO and the German Embassy, late last week.

The German Government is supporting this human right project with approximately N$1 million.

The German Embassy in a statement said that the San are among the most marginalized groups in Southern Africa and in many cases, San children do not attend schools as they fell discriminated and lack role models to look up to.

“The project is encouraging San children to fulfill their right to access to education and aims to increase cultural tolerance at 10 schools in Otjozondjupa region,” they added.

According to the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, between 27,000 and 34,000 people belong to the San community in Namibia, about 1.5% of the national population.

The OYO’s vision is to develop a society in which there is a broad access to information and the arts, by developing their creative skills, young people empower themselves o make informed choice and thus become more prosperous, increase their life expectancy and improve the quality of their lives.

To this day, the German Federal Foreign Office provides funds for various projects supporting the protection of human right all over the world.


Caption. Dr Philippe Talavera, Director of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation (OYO) with Ellen Gölz German Embassy Chargée d’Affaires at the signing of the agreement ‘San matter’.


 

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