Botswana Post has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Ministry of Education and Skills Development to adopt a school in the Ghanzi District.
During the signing ceremony on Monday, the Chief Executive Officer of Botswana Post, Pele Moleta, said the memorandum is a key foundation to show their commitment to the Education Minister’s initiative of ‘Adopt-a-School.’
Moleta explained that by adopting Kcagae Primary School, Botswana Post has joined hands with the minister to improve education in the country.
Education Hub Coordinator, Lucky Moahi said the memorandum was meant to facilitate progress of the initiative.
“This initiative is not only confined to corporate companies. An old woman with certain skills can also adopt a school.
The same applies to a retired teacher. The current arrangement is structured so that monitoring of progress so that whatever facility is given to the school, can be put to good use,” he said.
Commenting on the Post Office’s decision to adopt a school, the chairman of the Botswana Post Foundation, Bernard Letsididi said they deliberately adopted the school in October 2012.
“Our support was in response to a request by the school to address its underperformance through the use of Information Communication Technology,” he said.
Botswana Post has since given the school a fully functional computer lab with solar powered laptops and internet connectivity; a refurbished library with furniture, books, magazines, a radio and television set and a fully irrigated garden.
“Our commitment to improve academic excellence includes prize giving sponsorships for 3 years. This signing will ensure that the school’s academic performance is monitored,” said Letsididi.
The Acting School Head for Kcagae Primary School, Tiroyaone Kebalepile said the facility has already made an impact among the students by reducing failure rate and absenteeism.
She testified to improved performance since 2012 to date. “These facilities are playing a very crucial role. They are used by students and community members.
We have volunteers who open the lab and the library for the public at set times.
Reading has improved and our learners now know a computer, which is something that only used to exist conceptually to them before,” she said.