Teachers at Nxau-Nxau Primary School in the Okavango Sub-district have been urged to always be punctual at school for better results.
Receiving a solar powered internet school laboratory recently, Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Mr Moiseraele Goya said some teachers had a tendency of taking aantage of computer lessons to abandon classes, leaving children to study without supervision.
Mr Goya said as Samsung had given the Nxau-Nxau community a lifelong gift, there was hope that it would empower both learners and their parents. However, he said this would only happen if teachers committed themselves to provide quality education all the times. He called upon teachers to overcome technophobia and to embrace change.
“Let me implore you to use these computers to enhance interaction with your peers across this country, but also to caution you that this is not an opportunity to explore Facebook, to follow others on Tweeter, but to use the Internet for educational purposes,” Mr Goya said.
He said his ministry aocated for quality education in order to adapt to the ever changing needs of Batswana. Mr Goya said Samsung shares the vision of the government to invest in schools in order to drive the mandate of providing all schools with information communication technologies and its supporting components.
He said the primary school was blessed to have been chosen as a beneficiary of the technological facilities. He appealed to teachers, pupils and the community to take care of the computers.
The assistant Minister further said Samsung Africa has considered unique ways of providing quality education and skills development through technology as well as reaffirmed its commitment to continue developing new solutions to meet the education challenges the continent faces.
These include the Samsung Smart School solution, Samsung Solar Powered Internet School, which Nxau-Nxau has received and Samsung Solar Powered Generator.
He said the company’s sustainable community social responsibility strategy is focused on education and to improve individual lives with long term business goals.
In addition, he said the facility is consistent with one of the Maitlamo Information Communications Technology (ICT) policy pillars called e-education and defines the frame work for the use of ICT in delivering lifelong learning that has three sub pillars being infrastructure (ThutoNet) Capacity Building.
He said his ministry has scaled up ICT integration in education in order to make education more accessible to children as possible and allow them to compete favorably with others globally.
Mr Goya said research has shown that teaching using modern technologies makes learning more exiting, motivating to the learners and encourages collaboration and strengthens communication skills.
Handing over the Solar Powered Internet School, the country Samsung Manager, Mr John Moir explained that his company does not donate but instead strengthens collaboration between Botswana and the company and urged the Nxau-Nxau pupils and the community to use the facility for their benefit.
Former Okavango sub-council chairperson, Mr Samson Mauano appreciated the company for a job well done, saying it is a valuable gift especially in rural areas and stressed cooperation among pupils, teachers and parents for better results at the school, noting government alone could not manage without the support of the parents.
Nxau-NxauGhani councilor, Mr Morris Ledimo urged Okavango sub-district to implore Information Technology (IT) officers in rural areas to repair computers in schools on time instead of taking a long time.
Meanwhile, people attending the ceremony welcomed the facility with ululations, hoping that it will improve the quality of education at their school.
Source : BOPA
Source : Botswana Daily News