The Dow Academy Difference
Courage. Creativity. Community.
The Dow Academy is building on an impressive 25 year foundation of teaching and curriculum delivery leading to the successful completion of Primary School Leaving Certificate and the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).
The Dow Academy Fellowship
Global Partnership & Collaboration
TDA Tech Series®
What is the TDA Tech Series®?
The value The Dow Academy is bringing to basic education is the integration and development of a technical, vocational and life skills programme alongside the long established and understood academic programme currently offered in basic education institutions. We offer the skills development programmes under our TDA Tech Series® programming.
What do kids learn from the TDA Tech Series® Programs?
Artist in Residence
Professional Artists introduce students to a variety of art forms, at one of the The Dow Academy campuses through producing a commissioned art piece for the school. So far the programme has hosted a fine artist who produced a mural, a traditional Setswana master potter who made large clay pots resident at each campus. Our first 2021 artist is a master weaver who will be making traditional setswana grass baskets characteristic of the Ngamiland area.
Artist in Residence - Mr Bezuba Kaunda
Artist in Residence - Ms Thitaku Kushonya Maphaha
Artist in Residence - Mrs Mokula Mosalagae
How Can I Support The TDA Tech Series®?
- Sponsor a non-TDA student to join a TDA Tech Series ® Program. Click here.
- Recycle your old desktop and laptop computers for use in our Rebuild-a-Desktop and Rebuild-a-Laptop programs. Each term the students need more machines to work on and each student keeps the laptop they have fixed. Click here.
- Become a TDA Tech Series ® mentor. Click here to tell us more about what skill you would like to share with students in person or virtually.
The Dow Academy Sports Programme is designed to challenge and revolutionize the way sport is undertaken at the basic education level. Some form of regular exercise and sports participation is required of each student. Beginning 2022 the sports programme will be divided into two tracks, the Intramural Track and the Student Athlete Track.
Student Athlete Track: Students will dedicate themselves to a sport each term, train daily and compete against other schools to represent The Dow Academy in that sporting code.
Student Intramural Track: Students looking for physical activity to enjoy a healthy lifestyle, who are not looking to dedicate themselves to a sporting code.
In line with Covid-19 protocols, TDA currently offers exercise drills during Physical Education classes until such time as the restrictions are lifted.
The TDA Fellowship
The Dow Academy Fellowship is about inculcating a dexterity of thought and approach borne of a diversity in exposure. The Fellowship will be the primary avenue through which the wider world can engage, share, teach, and learn from our student, staff, and village.
Students | Professionals | Retirees | Institutions
- To drive an appreciation of the diversity of human experience, thought, background, and approach to living/learning courageously, to creativity, and to building sustainable communities.
- To provide Fellows an opportunity to design a sharing/teaching programme for a period of 3-24 months, with clear learning and sharing goals for both themselves and their audience.
- To develop and design content to be shared/taught by the Fellows and school teachers which is multidisciplinary in nature; i.e. not confined to a specific medium, discipline, country or viewpoint.
- To personalise learning and teaching.
TDA Global Partnerships
At TDA, we are collaborating with a diverse group of international organisations, universities and individuals to support the delivery of relevant educational content in an effective manner. Our partnership areas include teacher support and development, curriculum and teaching method, design, music and language training.
Through our partnerships, we are able to guarantee diversity in teacher and expertise involvement in the education of our learners.
TDA Artist-in Residence programme is designed for accomplished artists to spend 2-6 months on one of our campuses practising their craft. The programme provides an opportunity to engage students, staff and parents, while working on a specific piece that takes the school community on a creative journey.
Mr. Bezuba Kaunda, from Pilane, Botswana. Self taught fine artist who has nurtured his passion for artistic expression since he was 8 years old. He produced a mural during his time at TDA.
Ms. Mokula Mosalagae, from Mochudi, Botswana. A master potter trained in the Setswana tradition, trained by her paternal aunt- Rakgadi under apprenticeship with 7 other young girls. Ms Mosalagae was commissioned to produce 3 big clay pots- Dinkgwana for each campus in the time that she was with us.
Ms. Thitaku Maphaha, from Gumare, Botswana. A master basket weaver in Hambukushu, Yei and Subiya tradition, trained by her mother from the age of 5 years old. Ms Maphaha will be teaching our secondary school art students how to make baskets. TDA has commissioned Ms Maphaha to weave 3 big flared baskets- Tlatlana traditionally used for gathering and carrying, one for each campus.
School Holiday Learning
We have begun offering a School Holiday Learning programme. As the covid-19 restrictions ease we will be expanding our offering to include more non-TDA students and putting in place a full holiday learning programme schedule.
April 2021: TDA Leadership Initiative
During the April school holiday The Dow Academy hosted its inaugural Leadership Initiative. This was a 3 day workshop on leadership facilitated by an international group of professionals and leaders, both in person and via video conference. The programme was offered free of charge and was open to young people between the ages of 15 and 18, irrespective of where they go to school.
August 2021: TDA Tech Series® Open
During the August school holiday The Dow Academy will be offering a bespoke TDA Tech Series ® programme open to interested students, irrespective of their schools. Please follow us on facebook and look out for the announcement and registration process.