Botswana’s first private Catholic secondary school opens its doors next week with an enrolment of 60 students.
The Catholic boarding school which is located on a sprawling eight acre plot in Gerald Estate in Francistown is the answer to a long time plea of many catholic parents who have been yearning for a wholly catholic based education for their children.
“Our members have wished for such a school since 1999, so the establishment and opening of St Kizito is a dream come true for many of us. St Kizito is the first private catholic school in Botswana without government assistance, which is completely operated by the Vicariate of Francistown”, said Reverend Bishop Frank Atese Nubuasah.
He said in the past catholic parents who understood the value of church based education, sent their children to catholic schools in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
“The school is open to everyone as long as the child meets academic requirements, this year though enrollment is only 60, because we are still building. We have managed to put three blocks, which are the classrooms block, the girls hostels and the dining and kitchen area. The boys will be accommodated at Tumelo flats in town and will be ferried to and from the school.”
He said St Kizito intends to mould the country’s future leaders with good morals and botho.
“This school is set to produce some of the best citizens. Even the future President of this country will come from here,’’ said Bishop Nubuasaha adding that he prays to see this dream come true.
Upon completion later this year the school which bears the name of a 16 year old Ugandian Catholic martyr, will eventually have an enrollment of 1000 students.