Senior Society Talk – Namibia and the Khoisan people
The senior boys attended the second Senior Society talk of the year, this time given by Mr Smit. The topic was focused around Namibia and life for the Khoisan people, who live in the arid desert and semi-desert land that makes up much of Namibia (a country that is two and half times bigger than the UK, yet with a population of only a few million. Indeed, the population density is the second lowest in the world, with approximately 2.5 acres per person!)
The boys learned about life in the wild, how the Khoisan are highly skilled trackers and how they have developed a very deep-rooted knowledge of their environment. They are able to survive and indeed thrive in an area in which most people would struggle to last beyond a few days. They instinctively understand the need for conservation, in order to keep life in balance for themselves and future generations. This includes the ability to find and extract water from plants without damaging the plant itself. That way the resource is there for the next group.
At Davenies, we have our language of learning as a guide to personal and group development. Mr Smit was able to show how the Khoisan take this to new levels and how their teamwork as hunter-gatherers is second to none. Clearly, the boys enjoyed the talk and the questions kept coming for over 20 minutes once the talk was finished.
Many thanks to Mr Smit for giving up his time and expertise to broaden our learning on an area so utterly different from Beaconsfield.
Mr Cooke, Deputy Head