BOTUSAFE held a ceremony to mark the adoption of Makolo Primary School in Ramakolo Ward on the 14th March 2014. The Adopt a School initiative is a project which was launched by the Minisry of Edcuation and Skills Development as an effective grassroots partnership between education and the private sector. The purpose of BOTUSAFE adopting the school is to invest tin the future of the society as a good corporate citizen and to improve school community relationship.
Ms Dimpho Lefhoko, School Head reported that before BOTUSAFE came into picture the school was struggling to produce good results with more than half of Stanadard Seven failing. It was reported that pass rate was 59% in 2011 and 2012 it dropped to 46%. Makolo Primary School was officially opened in 2002 with 12 classes but only 8 classrooms. In 2012 when the relationship with BOTUSAFE started the school was bought revision books for Standard Seven.This resulted in the attainment of 85% pass rate and was Best Improved School in the Central Disctrict and was awarded P10 000.00.
The Headteacher lamented that they lacked a lot of other thigs to attain good grades and these include furniture, books, and stationary that teachers has resorted to buy for themselves and she appealed for help in this regard.
Botswana Education Hub Coordinator, Billy Loeto revealed during the event that the Adopt a School initiative was launched in 2011 and that Government invited the private sector to help with education and urged other companies to come forward to help on this aspect. He also explained that the initiative does not need a big investment but that any assistance is welcome.
Giving an overview of the project, BOTUSAFE Chairman , Tlotlang Bakoko, said that they came to know about the school in 2011 and undertook to improve the results. He explained that the BOTUSAFE Managing Director then became the School Patron. He revealed that BOTUSAFE engaged in projects like funding for the cultural house,donated 2 computer and printers, movable chalkboards for outside classrooms and books. He further said that BOTUSAFE will continue supporting the Prize Giving Ceremony on an annual basis and other projects stipulated in the MOU .
The Keynote Speaker, Central District Council Secretary , Lesego Raditanka said that he was grateful for the occassion and emphasised that the school consits of students, teachers, parents and the community. Through a good relationship this will lead to good pass rates and leading to the education of the future leaders of this country.
BOTUSAFE Managing Director, Martin Ragontse applauded Makolo for attaining 85% pass rate. He further said that education can help reduce the level of poverty in our society and other social ills. He further said that BOTUSAFE will collaborate with the school in the follwing areas: development of infrastructure,academic excellence awards through prize giving and provision of learning and teaching materials. BOTUSAFE presented the school with a photo copying machine worth P40 000.00.
BOTUSAFE is a joint venture company between the three labour Unions, being Botswana Teachers Union (BTU), Botswana Secondary School Teachers Union (BOSETU), Botswana Public Employees Union (BOPEU) and Cutting Edge Technologies Pty Ltd (CET) a citizen owned IT Company. This company is formed to administer the central register for non statutory deductions from the government's payroll, to protect union's members and other governmental employees from over committing their salaries, to promote government's minimum take home, to provide financial skill to union members and other governmental employees and to provide information technology products and services.
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