Narita Motors Donates Maths Sets

| May 28, 2015

Narita Motors has been commended for having chosen to strengthen the Ministry of Education and Skills Developments efforts to deliver quality education by providing teaching and learning materials to Mogoditshane Junior Secondary school.

Speaking at the handover ceremony in Mogoditshane on May 25, Assistant Minister Moiseraela Goya, said his ministry was aware that due to budgetary constraints, it had not been possible to provide adequate teaching and learning materials in schools.

He said shortage of critical inputs affected teaching and learning, therefore he appreciated assistance in this regard from the private sector.

The assistant minister noted that Narita Motors’ decision to donate to the school does not in any way suggest that the company has excess wealth, “rather it is a demonstration of the love the company has for this country,” he said.

He stated that lack of adequate learning materials contributes to students’ poor performance. He added that the donation would go a long way in enhancing the ability of students to perform better.

Mr Goya said since the economy of this country relies on precious rocks to generate wealth, it has become clear that relying on them was not sustainable. He therefore underscored that there was a need to plan for continuing prosperity by suggesting additional means of wealth creation.

The ministry, he said was refocusing the education and training system to play its pivotal role of transforming the economy from diamond polishing to “polishing of human capital.”

To achieve a knowledge based society, high standards of performance in Mathematics and Science at all levels are required, he added.

He however noted that there was a negative perception towards Maths and Science as no go areas. This perception, he stressed must be addressed urgently in order to realise the nation’s NDP goal of building a knowledge based society.

Mr Goya also cautioned teachers and students that the availability of teaching and learning materials does not on its own bring results, “it is the collective efforts of teachers, students, leaders and the community that bring about academic success.”

The school head, Mr Godiraone Gothaang said the donation of Mathematical sets might seem small but lack of such a material can obstruct students’ learning process.

For his part, director of Narita Motors, Mr Kelebogile Keitumetse said the company was established in 2010 and opened its second outlet in Mogoditshane in May this year.

He said the company has made substantial donations to various government departments and organisations. Moreover, the company has donated about 20 computers for the establishment of the school’s computer department.

He further said they were planning to donate Mathematical sets not only to Mogoditshane Junior Secondary school but to deserving students from all schools in and around Gaborone first and then extend the gesture to other schools in the country at a later stage.

Student Representative Committee (SRC) president, Mr Ntando Rasephontolo thanked Narita Motors saying the donation is a key to the gate way of passing Maths.

He said such donations were an encouragement to students to work hard and in the end become heroes. He however appealed to the assistant minister to assist with the refurbishment of the science laboratories as he said were not in good condition. He also cited that there are two schools attending classes outside.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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