Through its objective of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) the Public Procurement & Asset Disposal Board (PPADB) on Friday assisted Gaborone West Junior Secondary School with an office porter cabin.
Handing over the guidance and counselling centre PPADB Chairperson Bridget John said they believe that the centre will be the heart of the school and will provide knowledge and empower each child to be well-informed with proper therapy, grow to be intelligent, literate and competent future leaders.
John stated that through the partnership, they endeavour to continue working with the school to find ways to ensure that Gaborone West Junior Secondary School achieves academic excellence.
“We at PPADB believe that schools need the support of the entire society of which they are a part for the spirit expressed in Gilson’s words to become a reality,” said John.
She also said that as students throughout Botswana continue to witness community involvement in their learning through the “adopt a school” initiative and others they too should note that the community is investing in them.
She added that they expect students to become responsible citizens who will contribute positively to community development.
She noted that PPADB with G-West School started last year with an invitation to PPADB to give a motivational talk on the importance of education and learning during a prize giving ceremony.
“Our hope is that the donation will have a positive influence on the school culture and promote culture that the school strives for amongst both students and teachers,” she said.
John stated that they are fully aware of the many challenges that students face, which she said they include peer pressure, families that struggle to make ends meet, student substance abuse and other social ills.
She further said that it is their hope that pending formalities for adopting G-West School will be concluded soon since they would want to journey with the school and impact the student’s performance.
“We seek to be responsive, first to the needs of the communities in which we operate by engaging in high quality, cost effective and sustainable, need based community activities through new and long term partnerships,” said John.
The porta cabin is said to be of the value at P60 000 which is said to be PPADB’s small way of acknowledging the importance role that the schools plays in developing students.