To provide an opportunity for youth at risk to develop understandings, skills, attitudes and personal qualities through the dignity of learning and work, in order to re-enter the formal education system and become productive members of the community.
For purely practical reasons, the School caters for boys only, although the Trustees will consider the feasibility of establishing a second school for girls at some future date. The current catchment area is the Northwest District of Botswana, which is the most impoverished region of the country, although a few students have been accepted from elsewhere. The objectives of the School are two-fold: to rehabilitate youth at risk, and to enable all its students to pass the Primary School Leaving Exam (PSLE). The achievement of these objectives would permit the graduates of the School to re-enter the formal education system at the junior secondary level. It is expected that, while attending the School, the students will learn “life skills” by participating in the design and construction of the School itself and engaging in commercial activities which the School fosters. The Trustees believe that involvement in productive work is essential to the students’ rehabilitation and their effective re-absorption into civil society.
Central to the concept of the School is that every student should acquire practical life skills, in addition to completing the primary school programme. All the basic skills taught in the country’s vocational schools are learnt on a regular, though non-formal, basis. These include bricklaying, carpentry, building, plumbing, mechanics, cooking, marimba playing and manufacture, information technology,horticulture, and farming.