The School
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Okavango Delta
 
Bana Ba Metsi School is located in Northwestern Botswana, near the village of Ngarange, on the eastern side of the Okavango Panhandle, opposite Shakawe, approximately 450 km’s from Maun. Getting there involves crossing the Okavango River by ferry at Mohembo, and proceeding south towards Seronga. This remote setting was determined by the need to remove the students from the environment that contributed to many of the problems they faced and to facilitate their proper rehabilitation. It also enables the staff of the School to impart a sense of environmental responsibility through outdoor activities such as camping, fishing and the reforestation of the area.
                map of Botswana            

Initially, tents had to be used exclusively, both as classrooms and for student and staff accomodation. However, good progress has been made since the School started operations on March 16,2000, in developing permanent facilities, with the active involvement of the students themselves. The physical developments include the installation of electrical and water reticulation systems throughout the campus, the fencing of the property and the construction of 2 student dormitories and ablution blocks, 2 storerooms, a cooking and dining shelter, 5 staff houses, a multi purpose workshop, a recreation room, library, and generator house. In addition, a pool, a brickyard, a slaughter house and 3 poultry houses have been constructed, and an irrigated garden has been laid out which produces vegetables for the school as well as for sale to local communities. Currently under construction are a classroom block and 3 more staff houses.

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tent
early tent shelter
   

computer lab
computer lab

 
school building
new building
pool
pool being installed
 
pool
pool ready for a swim
 
dorm
boy's dorm
           
The school campus has irrigated gardens and playing fields...  
cornfield
Cornfield

Irrigation
soccer
   
Father Marek, Maun's Polish Catholic Priest,filming the marimba band at the junction of the Boro and Thamalakane Rivers

View from Red Cliffs
   
                       
 
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