Project information

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

Ongoing

Charity information: Sentebale

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  • Need

    Need

    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.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Facilitate Access to Primary School Education for Herd Boys

    Activities

    » Conduct Basic Situational Assessment, Facilitate Stakeholder Meetings, Implement Herd Boy Primary School Programme, Implement Income Generation

    Success of the Herd Boy programme will be demonstrated by an effective monitoring & evaluation programme.


    Aim 2

    HIV Prevention & Sexual Reproduction Heath Education

    Activities

    » Implement Training Programmes, Voluntary Counselling and Testing

    Success of the Herd Boy programme will be demonstrated by an effective monitoring & evaluation programme.


    Aim 3

    Strengthen Food Security for Herd Boys

    Activities

    » Provide Nutritious Meals on School Nights, Facilitate Gardening

    Success of the Herd Boy programme will be demonstrated by an effective monitoring & evaluation programme.


    Aim 4

    Strengthen Protections against Extreme Weather Conditions for Herd Boys

    Activities

    » Strengthen First Aid Response Capacity, Provide Protective Clothing

    Success of the Herd Boy programme will be demonstrated by an effective monitoring & evaluation programme.


    Aim 5

    Lobby for Herd Boy Protection

    Activities

    » National Mapping Exercise

    Success of the Herd Boy programme will be demonstrated by an effective monitoring & evaluation programme.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Long term, we would like the Herd Boy Education Project to be a national programme. We would like it to be represented in the Free & Compulsory Education Act and for Herd Boys to be a Protected Occupation.

    Risk

    The largest risk would be for Herd Boys to fail to attend the night school. Herd Boys are aware they are a section of society not receiving an education and see the night school as an opportunity for them. However, the provisions and meals are also another great incentive, for participation and consistency.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive reports on the projects as they require, as a minimum every six months.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £108,369

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      Amount Heading Description
      £37,050 Literacy and Numeracy Literacy and Numeracy lessons provided to 685 Herd Boys
      £15,385 Life Skills Life Skills for Herd Boys
      £14,569 Training In HIV, SRH, PSS and hygiene
      £41,365 Admin Staffing, project management, advocacy, M&E
  • Background

    Location

    Lesotho has the second highest HIV infection rate in the world; 23% of adults and 41,000 children and adolescents are infected with the virus in a population of just over 2 million. Life expectancy is, consequently, one of the lowest in Sub-Saharan Africa at just 48 years and one in three children in Lesotho are orphans. For those living with HIV, poor education and the vast cultural stigma surrounding the condition causes weak treatment adherence, the biggest cause of treatment failure.

    Beneficiaries

    Herd boys are the key beneficiaries of this project. With the support of Sentebale they will receive a primary school education and learn vital life skills and vocational training to give them the opportunity to shape a brighter future for themselves and their families, whilst also learning about HIV and SRH to support their health in future.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Sentebale was founded in 2006 and has been working in Lesotho with OVC throughout the country for ten years. Our work is informed by research that showed that HIV positive children who received psychosocial support are more likely to adhere to their medication. Sentebale works across community structures, and with the support of the Ministries of Health and Education, to help thousands of children every year.

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    People

    Head Of Herd Boys In Our Lesotho Office

    Responsible for implementing programme activities including promoting basic educational rights, training, technical skills and advocacy.

    Ministry Of Education & Training

    Ensure the programme is delivered in line with the primary curriculum in Lesotho

    National Herd Boys Association

    Partner with Sentebale staff to implement the programme successfully

    Lesotho Mountain Survival Team

    To provide and facilitate first aid care to herd boys