When he became the Member of Parliament for Tati West, Biggie Butale vowed to help improve education results at schools in his the region by 5%. To fulfil his promise Butale through his foundation - Butale Charity Foundation - is currently on a fundraising mission for the betterment of student learning at the 32 schools in his constituency. The Butale Charity Foundation this week revealed that they will be embarking on a Cycle for Charity Challenge to raise funds for building and equipping computer labs for the 32 schools. Speaking at the launch of the Cycle for Charity Challenge this week, Butale said his endeavour is to help towards moving Botswana towards a knowledge-based economy. He said ICT is very critical in moving this direction, hence he has come up with the idea of equipping schools in his region with functional computer labs. “The idea is for all the schools in the region to have functional computer labs as well as give each student a laptop and i-pad,” he said.
Butale said this massive project would require an amount of about P20 million. He said this is a four-year project with the P20 million including maintenance of the gadgets and the facilities for the period. As this is only the beginning Butale said he envisages to take the project to other regions once this one shows maturity. He, therefore, called on the business world as well as individual Batswana to come on board and help the foundation better the education of young Batswana. To start the fundraising activities, Butale will from 28-31 October embark on a 550km cycling challenge from Masunga to Gaborone. This Cycling for Charity Challenge will see the MP and some high level personalities riding bicycles to raise funds for the cause of equipping computer labs at schools in the Tati West region. Butale has urged everyone interested to join them at any point on their way. Registration for this challenge is P350. Some of those that will take part in the event include President Ian Khama.