Computers to aid centre

2016-01-20 06:00
COLLIN MOSANG (left) donated three computers to the Maketlele Learning Centre. With him is centre manager Moeletsi Kgatlhane. Photo: Supplied

COLLIN MOSANG (left) donated three computers to the Maketlele Learning Centre. With him is centre manager Moeletsi Kgatlhane. Photo: Supplied

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A GOOD Samaritan heard the plea of the Maketlele Learning Centre in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district and donated three used computers to the centre.

Based in a Kuruman village, the centre starts another year faced with mostly the same challenges as in January 2015, when it opened its doors.

The centre manager, Moeletsi Kgatlhane, asked for support in Express Northern Cape of 14 October 2015, saying that the centre has only a chalkboard and that volunteer teachers present mathematics and physical sciences for gr. 7 to gr. 9 learners on Saturdays.

The centre currently operates from an old Maketleleng school that had shut its doors years ago.

Kgathlane also mentioned the learners’ continuing struggle due to lack of resources and financial constraints, while the teachers volunteer their services for free. The classes are attended by learners from the surrounding villages after the project was initiated by the Maketlele community. The centre’s purpose is to develop a community that values and appreciates Mathematics and Physical Sciences, and to instil a love for both these subjects.

According to Kgatlhane, the centre held its first awards ceremony in November 2015, where students and teachers received certificates and were recognised.

Collin Mosang from Magojaneng donated the computers to the centre two weeks ago. According to Mosang, he responded to Kgatlhane’s plea due to his inner passion for community development. Knowing Kgatlhane personally and seeing the centre’s potential, he felt the need to assist in whatever way he can.

According to him, he has first-hand experience of the hardships of the youth in the surrounding areas as he used to live there, and started his primary school education in Maketleleng.

“I donated these computers after I had bought them in 2013 when the company I work for upgraded. I knew that one day there would be a need to donate them or to use them to empower my community,” said Mosang.

He added that he also used the computers to assist the youth in skills development at his company, Tshwaraganang Youth Development Organisation.

Mosang continued to encourage close working relations between NGOs in order to better the lives of the poor and vulnerable, especially the youth.

The grateful Kgatlhane said this gesture is an indication that there is indeed light at the end of the tunnel, and that the positive response by the community is evidence that the youth are in safe hands.

“We truly appreciate this gesture and pray that this is only the beginning of a close realationship with the commuity, as the challenges still remain. We really hope to hear from other sponsors in the form of a stipend for our teachers to motivate them to build our children.

“I really feel for the teachers as they have been doing this for a while out of the goodness of their hearts. But at times it seems we are losing hope,” said Kgatlhane.

Although teachers were awarded certificates in front of potential stakeholders, Kgatlhane added that more needs to be done.

  • Kgatlhane can be contacted on 072-576-5679 or 078-110-5732.

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