AFDA launches P500, 000 scholarship for SEDC, sign MOU

AFDA sponsorship
AFDA sponsorship

AFDA Film Television Performance School signed a memorandum of understanding with the South East District Council and officially launched P500, 000 worth of scholarship for the district as well as reveal change of name to Arts Without Limit College.

The agreement which was signed at the AFDA Gaborone campus is a way of giving back to the community according to Tsholofelo Ntshingane, the institution’s Chief Executive Officer. Several members of the famous KTM choir are from the district and according to Ntshingane this is proof of abundance of talent in the area. “We need to nature this talent,” he said.

AFDA will offer two bursaries every year for the courses they offer while the council will identify beneficiaries from within the district. The institution will further, with the help of the council, give priority to residents of the district when awarding tenders.

“We are obliged to give back to the community in which we operate.There are many youth businesses but there is no market so we will allow them to trade here,” Ntshingane stated.

Furthermore he said AFDA had left clear footprints and produced graduates with status. To illustrate this he gave an example of one of their products, Mompati Rantuana who was recruited by international film company from the school. 

Rantuana is expected to hold auditions at the campus in the near future. Two other AFDA products who are awaiting graduation are set to go to Zambia on a Multi-Choice scholarship.

Grateful South East District Council Chairperson Phenyo Segokgo said this agreement would help free up some of their budget for other endeavours.  He was however quick to note that they would have to fulfil monitoring and evaluation requirements. The parties will meet either once a year or quarterly for evaluation and monitoring.

The Council chairman was further grateful for other off spins envisaged in the performance arts and film industry saying they would inject capital in the district.

The first beneficiaries of the arrangement are 19-year-old twins Refilwe and Reneilwe Molefe who are enrolled to learn Live performance. Speaking to Monitor, one of the twin sisters, Reneilwe relayed their ordeal as they tried to find placement to no avail.

“We applied to Oodi College but did not get response. I suppose it’s because they had a shortage of spaces. We really struggled to be here so we are happy also because this kind of opportunity comes once in a lifetime.

It was only after they registered with the council that their luck changed. Reneilwe revealed that the council employee took their papers and applied for them after telling the about the arts school.

After the launch and signing of the MOU a movie picture was shown which was produced by the students without the help of lecturers.

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