Sentebale

Herd Boy Education

To strengthen access to basic education, including livelihoods and life skills training for Lesotho's Herd Boys, who are culturally obliged to sacrifice their education to tend livestock in the mountainous regions

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1113544)

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  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing

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Situation

In Lesotho boys as young as 10 are culturally obliged to sacrifice their education to tend livestock in the mountains. Numbering c.30,000, these herd boys are a marginalised section of the community, with 60% receiving no education at all and the government without an official policy to integrate them into the education system in future. Being isolated from public health services such as vaccinations and HIV/AIDS programmes means they are also at risk.

Solution

Sentebale addresses this issue by working in partnership with local organisations and communities to give these vulnerable boys the chance of a better future by facilitating their access to primary school education and vocational training (in skills such as leatherwork and animal husbandry), basic agricultural training (including seeds and tools to enable the boys to grow their own crops), and first aid training. We have established 11 night schools across Lesotho to deliver this programme.