Gaborone — Education has been described as the most expensive commodity requiring the involvement of all stakeholders.
The observation was made by the South East regional officer in the Ministry of Basic Education Mr Boy Olekantse following a donation of some items to Therisanyo Primary School by Stanbic bank in Gaborone recently.
Donated items included sanitary pads, 54 unisex school shoes and 77 tracksuits. The official appreciated Stanbic for lending a helping hand to Therisanyo pupils noting that their involvement in the education sector was pivotal.
He said the theme of the donation; Developing a self-motivated learner through stakeholder partnership, was an affirmation that government could not manage to run the education system alone hence the need to promote stakeholder partnership.
Mr Olekantse noted that his ministry welcomed such initiatives adding that other stakeholders should take heed of what Stanbic bank had done and start partnering with the ministry in empowering students.
He said the uniform would make the pupils to be on the same level and make them study at the same level as no one would feel demotivated by not looking decent like others.
Handing over the items to the school head,the bank's head of finance, Ms Realeboga Hassan said the intention was to help parents in the improvement of the pupils' performance.
Ms Hassan pointed out that the idea was to avoid situations whereby pupils missed school because of resources.
She expressed gratitude that the school performance improved in recent years adding that the donation would be done annually.
Motivating the pupils, the bank's management information system manager Mr Moemedi Raditsebe said the recipe for success was the "fear of God."
Mr Raditsebe said fearing the Lord entailed listening to and respecting parents, teachers as well as the community as a whole.
He said taking advice from adults, parents, and teachers were vital as they shared what they had experienced.
Mr Raditsebe pointed out that hard work was the only way to success,it be in class, sport or artistry.
He added that nowadays a lot of people survived through sport and arts noting that not all pupils could excel in the classroom.
He encouraged them to choose good friends who could give good life advice instead of falling for peer pressure only because one wanted to belong.