Two Rabbits began in the forests of Cameroon with the Baka, a group of semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers, who expressed the need to preserve their cultural traditions as their children attended schools that had traditionally marginalized their language and culture. As one father explained, Baka children must “chase two rabbits at once,” learning to engage with the outside world while at the same time preserving their ties to the forest.
Working together, Sarah, the founder of Two Rabbits, and the Baka developed a culturally adapted approach to education that would help children build literacy, numeracy, and life skills. The result was the Two Rabbits model. The new curriculum, drawing from the Cameroonian National Curriculum, incorporated songs, stories, and games performed in the Baka style and language and then recorded on durable hand-crank SABER MP3 devices. In 2015, Two Rabbits piloted its curriculum in two villages.
Since that first cohort , Two Rabbits has grown, learning from those early versions of the program to revise and iterate our work. Today, Two Rabbits operates in ten villages, serving approximately 500 students, and is on track to expand to ten more villages in 2019. We are so proud of our graduates, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.