Basic Education Assistant Minister, Moiseraele Goya, says the government needs help from other institutions in its effort to improve the quality of education in the country.
Goya’s comments were made last Friday, during the official opening of a new classroom, library and administration blocks at Mokoboxane Primary School, 40 kilometers west of Orapa.
The new facilities were made possible thanks to a P2.4 million Pula donation by Debswana’s Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines.
Urging more companies to follow Debswana’s example, Goya said, “Whilst government is the overall custodian of education, she cannot do it alone. I implore all other organizations that are yet to join our efforts to do so.”
Pointing out that every contribution, no matter how small, will go a long way in helping the country realise its goal of achieving universal education, Goya told the gathered audience, “Let us all be inspired to make a difference and help realise our goal of an informed and educated nation.”
On another note the Assistant Minister commended the Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines, the Boteti Sub-District Council and the Boteti Community for the productive partnership they have established over the years.
“I urge you to continue demonstrating this spirit of ‘Pulling Together’ as espoused in the Debswana brand values and to continue making a positive difference in the lives of the people of Boteti and beyond,” he said, urging the village leadership and school management to jealously guard their relationship with the Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines by ensuring there is a return on investment that benefits both the mines and the nation.
For her part Orapa, Letlhakane and Damtshaa Mines Senior Manager Human Resources, Lebole Mpho Mokoto, believes the Mokoboxane project is another milestone in Debswana’s commitment to sustainable community development since it first started mining diamonds in Botswana 47 years ago.
“This is a philosophy which drives us, and one that will continue to inspire us as we work with you and many other stakeholders to ensure that our footprint reaches all four corners of Boteti and beyond,” she said.
Assuring the Mokoboxane community of continued support from Debswana she added, “I would like to reiterate our commitment to creating, building and maintaining sustainable partnerships so that communities benefit from the legacy of diamonds.”
Another speaker at the event, Mokoboxane Chief, Kgosi Meshack Kaponene said the project was yet another demonstration that partnerships can work collectively towards community development and improving the lives of the less fortunate.
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