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The Chinese Embassy has donated photocopiers to three schools in the Tonota South constituency.

Speaking at the handing over of the thee photocopiers, which were donated to Shashe River high school, Rauwe and Semotswane primary schools, the Ambassador of China to Botswana, Mr. Liu Huanxing said his country has always been willing to render support to the educational infrastructure and human resources development in Botswana.

He said since his arrival in Botswana last year he always got the impression that the country gives top priority to education development and invests immensely in it. “I was encouraged when I read that the literacy rate of Botswana is climbing over 80 per cent. What an incredible achievement for Botswana,” he said.

Mr. Liu said Botswana is a promising country because the government knows clearly what important role education plays in national development.

For his part, Tonota South MP, Mr. Pono Moatlhodi said the photocopiers should not only serve as a reminder to Chinese involvement in the development of Botswana’s education but should also raise the level of productivity at the schools.

The MP, who is also the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, said the Chinese Ambassador’s serious passion to Botswana education development was demonstrated by his travelling from Gaborone to Tonota to ensure the photocopiers reached the intended beneficiaries. In his welcome remarks, Shashe River School headmaster, Mr. Abram Thapedi said over the past seven years his school has been dominating in the top six positions in the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) results.

Principal education officer, Mr. Magwaile Khao said the photocopiers will help in the improvement of performance. He thanked the Chinese Ambassador for the generous gesture and called on the Semotswane and Rauwe primary schools to register the machines with the sub district council so that in assists with their maintenance and toners.

(Daily News, 22 June 2010)

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