FRANCISTOWN: Tati Nickel Mining Company (TNMC) has spent nearly P7 million in library improvement programmes for 13 secondary schools within a 50km radius of its operations.
TNMC general manager, Sebetlela Sebetlela said on Friday that through the initiative, the company has turned nine of the schools into centres of excellence in mathematics and science subjects. He was speaking during the launch of Phase Two of the project at Francistown Secondary School attended by Vice-President, Mompati Merafhe. TNMC and the Ministry of Education has partnered in the project to promote mathematics and science subjects in schools in what is dubbed Result Improvement Initiative.
At the Friday launch of Phase Two of TNMC corporate social responsibility programme, Merafhe told Batswana to contribute to the prosperity of the economy and avoid being mere statistics. He said the future of the country depends on the youth and it is a deliberate government policy to equip them with the right skills so that they can meaningfully contribute to the growth and prosperity of the nation.
"It is my firm belief that the future of this country will not be determined by the mineral wealth, which we may have in abundance, but the quality of the citizens we produce," he said.
Merafhe praised TNMC for backing the programme because it extends to business development and job creation by supporting manufacturing and production companies.
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The growing use of ICT and especially the Internet could be a benefit but schools now face a daunting challenge of ensuring that students are not exposed to the dangers abuse and misuse of technology. "I have no doubt that we are all alive to the dangers of Internet abuse and cyber crime in general and that this is a challenge that we will address before it erodes the moral fibre of our society," Merafhe said.
Although the government has set high standards in the delivery of education, the participation and commitment from sectors of the economy that are users of the end product is a necessity.
Merafhe told the private sector, other development partners and communities to take the lead in employment creation and growth of the economy through identifying opportunities to make a difference in schools and the education system.