JWANENG: Debswana Jwaneng Mine, through their Debswana Government Schools Development Programme (DGSDP), graduated teachers from seven primary schools around Jwaneng over the weekend.
The programme, a partnership between the Mine and government, focused on enhancement of leadership and supervisory skills. Experts were dispatched to assist schools in fields such as Science, English and Mathematics.
The Jwaneng Mine general manager Albert Milton revealed they channelled P3.7 million towards their CSI projects and P1 million in DGSDP. He said the aim is to improve the pass rate in these subjects and since the implementation of the programme in 2002, the targeted schools have continuously registered an increase in the pass rate.
“I greatly support excellence especially in children’s education and I would like to see Jwaneng area taking the lead and excelling academically,” he added.
Milton said they will award prize money and trophies for the top three students and teachers and an overall award for a school that will take position one in the 2016 primary school leaving examination.
The Mine also unveiled
The upgrade included installation of audio visual equipment, furniture and books.
The Mine’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) committee chairperson Tumelo Ntlhayakgosi stated that Maboane, Jwana, Kgalagadi, Teemane and Betesankwe primary schools were sponsored P200,000 to improve performance of schools in the agriculture subject. Part of the fund was used to purchase garden equipment.
Additionally, 200 study desks were donated, which are suitable for remote area set-ups and will be distributed among less privileged students who will be identified by their schools. Ntlhayakgosi added that an information centre was set up at Jwaneng public library at the cost of P500,000 and will be used as a point of contact for members of the public on any information related to Debswana and Jwaneng Mine.