In support of Vision 2016’s “an informed and educated nation”, Pula Holdings will this and next year sponsor the education of one Form Four student, Bokamoso Phuthego, at a Selebi-Phikwe secondary school.
Pula Holdings Group Public Relations Manager, Kelly Loeto, said Phuthego secured himself the sponsorship after coming out as the best performing student at Makhubu Junior Secondary School (JSS) in last year’s Junior Certificate examination.
“The sponsorship package, which amounts to nearly P9000, includes full tuition for two academic years, school uniform, kits/equipment for extra-curricular activities and a computer and printer set,” she explained.
Loeto said the package was formally presented to Bokamoso and his parents at a ceremony held at Makhubu JSS on the 31st of March this year.
When announcing the sponsorship, Loeto emphasized that Pula Holdings’ has commitment to developing the youth and nurturing Botswana’s human capital. She added that her company takes pride in investing in young people like Phuthego, whose hardwork, integrity and vision promise a bright future for Botswana.
Loeto encouraged the students of Makhubu JSS to learn from Phuthego’s example, and value their education in anticipation of future rewards.
Also at the ceremony were the Makhubu JSS School Head, Maria Mbale.
In her remarks, Mbale highlighted that they operate on the setting of objectives and achieving them.
“But the main factor is the achievement of these objectives. Initiatives and activities such as this occasion and the support from stakeholders are some of the aimed for activities that add value to the ultimate performance of the school,” she stated.
She additionally stated that these activities play a vital role in the achievement of their school strategic objectives and annual performance objectives.
“Though there is a proverb which says ‘it takes the whole world to build a nation’, I would say it takes all of us united as we are to build a nation. In order for us to succeed we need to work as a team,” she said.
Addressing Phuthego, Mbale said, “I hope it was not an accident that you are chosen from all the 2007 Form Three students to have the Pula Holdings company sponsoring you. It was because you were seen as the outstanding student at that time, behaviour wise and academically.”
She urged Phuthego to continue with the good work even in senior school to keep the good name of Makhubu JSS. This is a challenge, keep knowing this, she urged.
To the students, Mbale pointed out that it is only through determination, hard work, and commitment that an individual can be able to have a positive change or a reward. Therefore, she said there is a need for students to focus on change and improvement at individual level in order to succeed.
Selebi-Phikwe Secondary School Head, Itjaani Chakaliza, and Phuthego’s parents were also present. Chakaliza and the parents also expressed gratitude to Pula Holdings, and encouraged the other private sector companies to engage in similar initiatives as a way of grooming tomorrow’s leaders.