The Minister of Education and Skills Development, Unity Dow has commended the organisers of The Desert Bush Walk-Winter 2014 for not only supporting her ministry’s initiative of “ADOPT A SCHOOL” but also for being caring and compassionate individuals in the community.
Officiating at the handing over ceremony of a Creative Learning Center that comprises of a Library and Carpentry laboratory at Sese Primary School in Sese Village, Dow said what Archibald Ngakayagae and Amy Benson did by organizing a Walk and constructing the Center through the proceeds from the walk is a clear indication that the “ADOPT A SCHOOL” program was not only meant for big companies or rich people as some think, but for every individual who can afford to volunteer his/her time and resources to help the schools and students. She further said the two are role models to the nation especially for those who are interested in adopting schools. The event took place on Friday (September 4th).
Speaking on behalf of the organisers and the volunteers, Archibald Ngakayagae thanked all the sponsors, partners and individuals who supporting the initiative. He said it was through their support and encouragement that they were able to meet their main objectives. Ngakayagae further said, together with Benson they were driven by the spirit of volunteerism in order to make a positive difference in the society and that they were passionate about giving back to the community, especially the underprivileged and the needy.
Representing Sponsors at the event Ruth Modisane from Stanbic Bank, observed that the bank like other sponsors came on board because they were impressed by the vision and determination that Ngakayagae and Benson demonstrated. She also pointed out that the two alongside the volunteers never disappointed them as sponsors.
The delighted Sese Primary School Head Modirwa Masoloko highlighted that the centre came at the opportune time for her school because there was a great need for hands-on instruction in the creative and pre-vocational arts for students and that this need was completely unmet due to a lack of resources. She further said with the centre at primary level, learners will develop positive attitudes towards practical work and productivity, even equip them with vocational skills and future entrepreneurism confidence. The library, she observed, was essential to learners as it would instill the appreciation for literature, increase literacy and improve English language skills.
One of the objectives of the annual Desert Bush Walk is to brand Jwaneng as a tourist attraction area. Jwaneng, the getaway to the prestigious Kgalagadi Desert, if branded well would go a long way in diversifying the tourism sector into other forms of tourism particularly the Culture and Sport Tourism aspect. The next Desert Bush Walk-Winter 2016 is scheduled for 31st July 2016.