The Morwaeng family in Molepolole has embarked on various initiatives earmarked towards the development of primary and secondary school education in the Kweneng district.
Through their organisation, the Good Samaritan Foundation, the Morwaeng family has unveiled a long-term commitment plan meant to sensitize parents about the importance of their involvement in their children’s performance at schools. Speaking recently at an event in Molepolole, the deputy chairman of the Good Samaritan Foundation Pondy Morwaeng told parents gathered at Dithejwane Junior Secondary School that the difference between private and public schools is the level of commitment by parents. She said one of the main reasons students from private schools perform better than their counterparts at public schools is because parents who send their children to private schools take keen interest in their children’s school work while at public schools the burden is left with the teachers, with less involvement and commitment from the parents.
Morwaeng said the objective of the event was to celebrate Dithejwane Secondary School’s achievement as the best performing school in the district with attainment of 44.7 percent pass rate in the last junior secondary schools’ examination and to also address the parents on the integral part they can play in the student’s performance. She implored the school to work hard and meet the 65 percent pass rate threshold that has been set by the ministry of Basic Education.
The chairman of the Good Samaritan Foundation Kabo Morwaeng pledged at the event that their organisation will henceforth start rewarding the best performing students at primary and secondary schools in the district with the aim to motivate and encourage students to take their school work seriously. ‘‘It’s our contribution towards the development of education in the Kweneng district,’’ Morwaeng told the gathering. He said it was his wish to see the foundation continuing with the legacy even after he and his wife would have long departed this world. Morwaeng said his family has also decided to help the less privileged in the district with whatever resources they can afford.
Speaking at the event, Assistant Minister of Basic Education Moiseraele Goya applauded the Good Samaritan Foundation for having found it fit to come on board and assist his ministry achieve its goal of producing students who excel in their academic work. He said the initiative of the Good Samaritan Foundation resonates well with his ministry’s ‘adopt a school’ initiative where organisations or individuals undertake to adopt and assist a school of their choice in various ways as may be needed by that particular school. Goya urged the parents to take keen interest in their children’s school work, emphasising the only way students can perform well is through collaboration between the teachers and parents. He said parents are naturally the first teachers that children encounter after they are born and pleaded with parents not to surrender the teaching once their children start school. ‘‘The duty of the teachers is to educate while the parents have to teach and instil good manners on their children,’’ the assistant minister said.
The event was attended by Bakwena traditional leader Kgosi Kgari Sechele, Kweneng District Commissioner Dr Temba Mmusi and several other dignitaries from government departments. Dithejwane Secondary School Head Gloria Mogomotsi thanked the Good Samaritan Foundation for their continued support and promised to ensure her school attains or even exceeds the pass rate threshold set by the ministry.
Last year, the Good Samaritan Foundation donated educational material and equipment amounting to P20 000 for use by pre-school children at Neale Primary School. The donation included kitchen items such as fridge, stove, washing machine, cabinet desks and toys for pre-school pupils. The same donation was extended to Lekgwapheng , Luis and Bonewamang Primary Schools. Early this year, the Good Samaritan Foundation donated football kits to eight social clubs in the Molepolole South constituency.