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Heritage Travel Namibia 13

The new constitution drawn up at the time of Namibian independence designated English as the official language, even though it was the native tongue of only about two per cent of the population. It was decided that with English, all ethnic groups would be at equal disadvantage. If you want to make friends it pays to know just a few words in the local lingo. Saying ' hello' is always a good start…. n Afrikaans ( the most common lingua franca): Hallo n Damara/ Nama (! denotes a tongue click in this difficult language): ! Gai tsestsestsestses n German ( widely spoken): Guten Tag n Herero/ Himba ( useful in North Central Namibia): Tjike n ! kung San ( more tongue clicking in Northern Namibia): ! Kao n Lozi/ Rostisti ( widely spoken in Caprivi): Eeni, sha n Owambo ( The most common first language): WaWa lalapo ( morning) WaWa tokelwapo ( evening) 14 Travel Namibia M oro >> News · views · people · places · conservation · community · wildlife · culture Thehe schschschool feeseesees of twenty- five children at Daweb Junior School are being paid by CC Africa's Sossusvlei Mountain Lodge. The lodge also helps feed more than a hundred children in the Maltahohe community and sponsors young people to attend a four- day conservation awareness course at NaDEET ( Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust). The NaDEET course is paid for through the sale of ostrich eggs in the lodge's shop. In a separate initiative, Namibia Wildlife Resorts has taken a group of school children from Kavango to Etosha, Brandberg and Windhoek. For many of the eleven youngsters, it was their first visit to the capital and the first time they had seen a mountain. The trip marked the start of a project called Enviro- Kidz which aims to provide opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds to learn about conservation issues. NWR hopes to hold at least two Enviro- Kidz trips each year. Children of the future n Read the ststoriesies of children in the wildernessnessness on p44 Enviro- kidz head for the dunes L anguage: Say ' hello' WantWantWantWant t o leaearn more? Check out the language section of Lonely Planet's B otswana & Namibia guidebook. These children's trip is paid for by the sale of ostrich eggs CC Africa NWR