Barclays Bank of Botswana’s continued efforts to plough back into the community has made an indelible mark in the lives of the residents of Letlhakeng West constituency. This follows the Bank’s donation of computers to four primary schools in the area last weekend amidst ululations and melodies of joy from both parents and teachers and the pupils who witnessed the occasion.
Head teachers of Dutlwe, Takatokwane and Maboane primary schools each received a complete set of computer meant for training their students.
Sesung primary school also got an equal share of the cake. Four presentation ceremonies were held separately at the respective schools in the presence of members of the community, headmen, teachers and the pupils.
The Member of Parliament for the area, Filbert Nagafela, could not conceal his excitement.
“The gesture is commendable and will go a long way in ensuring young Batswana in the rural areas become computer literate and at par with colleagues in the urban side of the country.”
Nagafela further delighted in the hope that this would enhance the life skills of the students. Additionally, he said that this act of goodwill by Barclays offers enough evidence for everyone to see its commitment to the advancement of Education and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Botswana.
Barclays Bank also donated computers to Ditshegwane, Salajwe and Letlhakeng primary schools in 2007, which the MP said gives further credence to his commendation of the Bank for their marvelous job in the interest of the rural folk.
According to Kesegofetse Legwaila, the Bank’s Area Manager Central, his bank is not only committed to providing outstanding banking services to Batswana but is also dedicated to making a difference in their lives in a positive way. “It is part of the bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme that we have undertaken to go into partnership with communities, and as far as we are concerned the decision is a well thought one.”
For their part, all the recipients expressed hope that other companies would emulate the example of Barclays Bank and incorporate in their business agendas, consideration of the rural and other disadvantaged communities, as a way of investing in the community.
Barclays Bank of Botswana is part of the Global Barclays Group and is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange.
Esther Norris, Head of Corporate Affairs at the Bank said, “We take pride in the fact that we are the largest bank in Botswana offering retail and commercial banking and credit cards with a capitalization of over 5 billion pula.”
She further indicated that they currently employ over 1300 permanent staff and serve the nation through a network of 101 ATMs and 52 outlets.