Laura Bush to provide school books

SHARE   |   Monday, 10 April 2017   |   By Staff Writer
The Bush family at Therisano Primary School The Bush family at Therisano Primary School PIC: RICARDO KANONO

Former United States (US) president George Bush and his wife Laura Bush visited Botswana on Tuesday. The visit of the duo underscores their commitment to the support they continue to provide to the people Botswana through the George W Bush Institute’s (GWBI) global leadership programmes such as the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative. While in the country Bush and his wife visited Tlokweng Main Clinic (Tlokweng) and Therisanyo Primary School (Old Naledi) to appreciate the efforts and challenges in the screening and treatment services for the cervical and the country’s vaccination programme. The Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is a global partnership that builds upon the HIV/AIDS platform to combat cervical and breast cancer. Botswana has been working in partnership with the GWBI since 2012. According to statistics so far 22 000 women have benefited from screenings for cervical cancer and more than 70 000 girls have received vaccinations against the Human papilloma virus (HPV). Former president Bush and his wife came over to Botswana to assess the remarkable progress made over the past two decades to address the challenges of poverty, security and health. At Therisano Primary School Bush had a closed session meeting with the school leadership and the Minister of Basic Education Unity Dow. It is believed that the meeting was to discuss how the GWBI could assist the school going forward. After the meeting Laura Bush briefly explained that they have struck a partnership with the school library to provide the books. She explained the school will compile a list of books they need and the GWBI will provide. While in Botswana the Bush family paid a courtesy visit to President Ian Khama to discuss issues of mutual interest. It is the third time that Former President Bush visited Botswana with his first visit having in been a state visit in 2003 when he was still in office. From Botswana, the Bushes were to cross over to Namibia.