Botswana: High Commission, Foundation Light Up Learners Lives

Kopong — The Indian High Commission and Ngwaga Foundation have been commended for their contribution to the education sector.

The commendation, made by Vice President Slumber Tsogwane followed a donation of 150 table solar lamps and 10 scholarships to Kopong learners.

Receiving the donation on Wednesday, the vice president noted that education depended on active involvement of parents, private sector, civil society and all stakeholders.

Mr Tsogwane reiterated that stakeholder collaboration was critical to the enhancement of school performance.

He described learning as a multiple process requiring parents to be active players in the education of their children, teachers to go an extra mile in executing their duties and learners to take responsibility for their studies.

In addition, Mr Tsogwane said commitment to propel Botswana to high income status required participation of all stakeholders.

Further, he said in order to improve the quality of education, appropriate resources must be availed.

"Children's education is an investment for our country in many respects," he said.

Meanwhile, Mr Tsogwane explained that the ceremony, which was part of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi celebrations, was a life changing one.

He said that was because it would play a critical role in the future of the beneficiaries, Kopong Junior Secondary School pupils.

The solar table lamps, he said, would enable those without electricity to study thereby rewriting their future.

He noted that 10 students would be given an opportunity to do their undergraduate studies in India.

Indian high commissioner, Dr Radesh Ranjan explained that the celebrations, held under the theme, "Global Solar Journey" promoted the ideology of India's great politician and social leader, Mahatma Gandhi.

Dr Ranjan said it was clear that science and technology development would not be sufficient for sustainable existence on earth.

Therefore it was high time Gandhian ideologies were adopted, he said.

He said the aim of the Gandhi Global Solar Journey was to promote self-sufficiency in energy for sustainability by providing complete, cost effective, reliable and sustainable solar energy access while protecting the environment, improving livelihoods and empowering locals.

He pointed out that young learners needed to be aware of the urgency to act to mitigate climate change and become ambassadors of renewable energy, particularly solar, given its potential to power human lives.

He said the Indian High Commission in partnership with Ngwaga Foundation preached "lack of energy access and climate change, the need of the hour is the production of energy."

The foundation's patron, Mr Vladimir Pribil said its objectives were to support widows and single mothers with vocational skills, develop and manage education institutions and promoting social and cultural activities among others.

<i>Source : BOPA</i>

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