This article is the first of a series with short updates about the different project members.
In November 2018, Velina Ninkova was on fieldwork in Namibia where her research focused on education for the San. After her fieldwork, she has been working on an article about the current situation of Ju/’hoansi, a San language. It is the only San language in Namibia being recognised in education. The implementation of the language policy in Namibia faces many challenges, and the official recognition of Ju/’hoansi as a language of instruction, obscures the fact that it is endangered. Currently, she is working on an article about the implementation of the national policy for education on marginalised children. Regarding the implementation, Ninkova sees major differences between both schools and teachers. This ranges from questioning why the San should get a special treatment to questions about how to approach it. Furthermore, she has been working on another article based on essays written by San school children on how they see their own future. She collected these essays during previous fieldwork in 2013.
For Ninkova, going back to the community has been a highlight of the last months. She has been working with the community for several years now, which makes it interesting to follow up previous fieldwork periods. Furthermore, after working with the community for several years, she sees how certain processes develop and she is able to notice emerging trends and patterns. According to Ninkova, another valuable part of the ICE project are the article writing seminars, and the sense of community among the project members.
At this moment, she is looking forward to the meetings in Australia this autumn. Another event she is exited for is the conference organised by the ICE project in September, as well as the preceding workshop on Hunter Gatherer Education.