Aon Botswana has donated over 500 books to the Ministry of Education. The book, titled Astronomy for South Central Africa, has a foreword by the first president of the Republic of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, and it has also been endorsed by Sir Patrick Moore, a world famous Astronomer.
“A number of factors convinced us at Aon that this would be a worthwhile project: The uniqueness of the manuscript itself as it is specific to astronomy in our region, And The fact that the manuscript had been endorsed by Sir Patrick Moore, a world famous astronomer and who was at the forefront of educating people via various media, including BBC TV, for many years as this went a long way in establishing the credibility of the manuscript,” said Dr Thapelo Matsheka, the Managing Director of Aon, when handing over the books.
Aon globally and in sub-Sahara Africa is the leading provider of risk management services, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, human capital and management consulting and speciality insurance underwriting.
Locally, the company is the largest corporate insurance broker in the country and has been operating since 1971. It has over 100 employees, with offices in Gaborone, Maun, Francistown and Selebi Phikwe.
Dr Matsheka also said that this donation also continues Aon’s endeavour to make a difference in the communities in which we operate and said that he hoped the books will increase awareness in Astronomy, a subject that is largely a mystery to most.
Aon Botswana also a unit called Aon Risk Management which operates as an independent company, and was set up as an International Financial Services Company (IFSC) in line with Aon Risk objectives.
It serves as a regional resource centre to the mining, heavy industry sector and any other industry in the sub-Saharan region of Africa.
When receiving the books, the minister of education, Pelonomi Venson-Montoi, thanked Aon Botswana for making this important contribution towards education and emphasized that the greatest gift that anyone can give a nation is to educate its children.
“This latest donation by Aon Botswana adds on P180 million’s worth of donations from the private sector to the Adopt-a-School initiative,” said the minister.