What makes someone a pastoralist? It is their dependence on livestock for their livelihood. The pastoralist lifestyle revolves around their animals, and rotating through traditional grazing lands is essential in order to support their herds.
In many regions pastoralists’ way of life is under threat, as pastoralist communities now face a number of challenges, including:
Education provision often ignores the needs of pastoralist communities, and is inappropriate to their mobile way of life:
Many challenges faced by pastoralists result from the belief that pastoralists should conform to a more sedentary way of life, but asking a community to choose between education for their children and their livelihood is an impossible and unfair task. This attitude prevents many pastoralists from attending school, and as a result these communities exhibit some of the highest rates of illiteracy in the Horn of Africa.
Pastoralists want education and know that it is essential to their survival as individuals and as a community, but the right to education should never come at the expense of someone’s livelihood.
We work to make education fit the pastoralist lifestyle. We are experts at flexible and innovative approaches to education and never take a one-size-fits all approach. Ways we have adapted education to pastoralist communities include:
Education can fit with pastoralists’ way of life. We help pastoralists find education solutions that work for them. We also work closely with governments to voice the concerns of pastoralist communities, and encourage the development of more inclusive policy and curriculum.
With your support, education can be inclusive for pastoralist communities.