Palapye Schoolchildren Get New Classrooms Through Donations from Debswana and Partners

Students with learning difficulties at a school in Botswana have moved into a new P1.3 million (US$124,000) classroom block funded mainly by Debswana
May 19, 2017 8:00 AM ET
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The block at Ratsie Setlhako Primary School in Palapye contains two classrooms, a carpentry workshop, kitchen, toilets and sickbays.

Debswana, a joint venture between De Beers and the Government of the Republic of Botswana, contributed P781,000 (US$74,700), with Morupule Coal Mine adding the rest.

The school, named after the legendary Botswana folk musician Ratsie Setlhako (who died in a car crash in 1976), caters for 557 pupils, including 35 with learning difficulties.

The project, completed late last year, began as a partnership between Debswana, Morupule Coal Mine, Morupule Cycling Club and Palapye Administrative Authority.

School Head Rebaone Maseba said: “The challenges that the school has been facing is that the classroom the pupils with learning difficulties have been using is congested and this posed challenges to the students’ needs and affected their studies. The new classroom block has greatly improved conditions.”

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