Gaborone — Adopt-a- School mask challenge, a newly established initiative aimed at donating masks to school children across the country, has been launched.
Delivering on the intentions of the initiative in a press briefing over the weekend, coordinator of the initiative Ms Tshephang Mphothwe said it had come to their realisation that schools in rural areas were in dire need of face masks.
"Most parents in rural areas cannot afford to buy masks for children to protect themselves against COVID-19. We are appealing to the public to assist in assuring safety for these children by buying them masks."
Ms Mphothwe said their wish was to see all school children wearing masks of the same color, so that no one feels left out.
She said although they were concerned about parents who could not afford to buy masks for their children, they will donate masks to all pupils in the school.
She further said that they would work with all stakeholders to assist in mobilising the Adopt- a-school mask challenge, so as to reach their vision of saving a school child.
With donated funds, they will hire tailors from the area where they will be donating the masks to sew masks for local schools.
Another coordinator of the initiative, Ms Tawana Babili implored those who wished to donate masks to start with schools in the remotest places.
She said they were in partnership with the Ministry of Basic Education, which assisted with list of schools to be assisted.
"We are not looking for any specific quality of masks, as long as the masks meet set standard of COVID-19 protocols and within school requirements.
Ms Babili said that as the masks would bear similar features, they would make sure that markings, codes or names of the children were embroided on their inside for the safety of the child.
"It is important to mark this masks because swapping masks can spread the virus.
She said currently there were no masks collected as the incentive was still at an infancy stage.
Source : BOPA