Adopt a school initiative thrives in Ngamiland

| September 10, 2015

Over 30 schools in the North West District have been adopted through the adopt-a-school initiative by various companies and organisations.

The public relations officer in the Department of Education in the district, Mr Lesley Kehitile said the programme was doing well, but expressed disappointment at the pace. He noted that the schools adopted range from both primary and secondary schools in both urban and remote areas.

The adopt-a-school initiative was launched in 2011 and is aimed at individuals, private companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Through the initiative, individuals, organisations or companies work closely with schools to provide volunteers, financial resources or equipment.

Most parents have hailed the initiative as a good development in the right direction. They said since the inception of the programme, many schools have benefited as many companies came forth to invest in education.

They also noted that since the inception of the initiative, there has been improvements in most schools as challenges which impacted negatively on the education system have been addressed.

One of the parents, Ms Goitsemang Benjamin said when the programme was introduced, school teachers and parents joined hands to make it a success. She said most parents appreciate the programme and have come up with initiatives to make it a success.

She noted that some of the challenges facing schools were lack of computers, stationery, transport and furniture. “It is pleasing to note that these challenges have been addressed in some schools,” she said.

Another parent, Kgosi Babinang Majatsie said the initiative was producing good results, adding that it has also reduced the burden on the government. He added that since the introduction of the initiative, parents were cooperative and willing to come up with initiatives to create a conducive environment for learning.

Kgosi Majatsie, who is also the former Parents Teachers Association (PTA) chairperson of Bonatla Primary School, said the initiative was worth commending, as it has cultivated community involvement in the education of children.

He noted that during his term as the chairperson, their school benefited from the initiative as companies extended a helping hand. He said Mascom Wireless donated P25 000 towards the construction of the school garden. He said the company also donated computers to the school.

Mr Kehitile said some of the schools adopted in his region include Matlapana Primary School which has been adopted by several companies among them Okavango Research Institute (ORI), Feline Fields Okavango, Great Plains, Planets Okavango and Nowaji-Mpp Joint Venture.

Mr Kehitile said the companies have pledged to construct ablution blocks, a cultural house, computer laboratory and to transport pupils from Sexaxa to Matlapana and to promote wildlife and environmental education.

Another school which has been adopted is Popagano Junior Secondary School in Sepopa in the Okavango District. The school was adopted by the Southern African Regional Environmental Programme (SAREP) and National Spiritual Assembly of Bahai. The regional environmental programme has made a commitment to assist both schools, and has rehabilitated toilets in both schools at a cost of P350 000.

Mr Kehitile also noted that Mababe Zokotsama Trust in collaboration with the Japanese Embassy has adopted Kgosietsile Primary School in Mababe. The two organisations recently handed over a pre-school facility to the school management.

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