Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Ob­server Re­porter

THE tri­par­tite agree­ment be­tween Swazi MTN, His Majesty’s Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices (HMCS) and the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing con­tin­ues to bear good fruits as 200 desks have been de­liv­ered in var­i­ous pri­mary schools.

The part­ner­ship be­tween the three or­gan­i­sa­tions is aimed at pro­vid­ing in­fra­struc­ture ca­pac­ity, class­room fur­ni­ture, learn­ing aids and re­pairs to a num­ber of schools.

Two schools, namely, Hho­hho AME and Luhlokohla Pri­mary were the ini­tial ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the agree­ment, where each school re­ceived 50 desks.

Hho­hho AME fur­ther re­ceived a mas­sive ren­o­va­tion of class­rooms, cour­tesy of MTN and HMCS.

Yes­ter­day, HMCS Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Isa­iah Mzuthini Nt­shangase pre­sented the sec­ond batch where 100 desks man­u­fac­tured at the In­dus­tries Sec­tion in Mat­sapha will be shared equally be­tween Ma­zom­bizwe and Ebenezer Pri­mary Schools.

Rep­re­sented by Deputy Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Thokozile Nx­u­malo, Nt­shangase thanked Swazi MTN for the con­tin­ued sup­port to­wards shap­ing the fu­ture of pupils in the coun­try through the pro­vi­sion of ma­te­ri­als to be used in mak­ing the schools fur­ni­ture.

He said they were pleased to have been iden­ti­fied as an in­sti­tu­tion that could also play a ma­jor role in the de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion.

Nt­shangase said since the birth of such part­ner­ship, of­fend­ers un­der­go­ing vo­ca­tional train­ing had also ben­e­fit­ted from this ini­tia­tive as they were able to put into prac­tice the skills be­ing taught by cor­rec­tional of­fi­cers.


Upon re­lease from cus­tody, th­ese of­fend­ers are also able to ap­ply the skills while also estab­lish­ing their small busi­nesses wherein they no longer rely on for­mal em­ploy­ment but em­ploy them­selves.

Nt­shangase said it is through such so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity that the depart­ment has been able to add value to the lives of dis­ad­van­taged and vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of the com­mu­nity.

He said the pre­sen­ta­tion of the sec­ond batch of desks was ev­i­dence that the Me­moran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) signed by the three part­ners was in­deed not a sou­venir that would be re­garded as a white ele­phant, fur­ther not­ing that the ren­o­va­tions of the school re­flect on the re­al­is­tic na­ture of such part­ner­ship.

On that note, MTN Foun­da­tion Co­or­di­na­tor Lando Dlamini said they were also pleased to re­alise the good fruits of the tri­par­tite agree­ment.

She said the good spirit that ex­isted be­tween the in­sti­tu­tions would go a long way as they tar­geted at help­ing 12 schools with a to­tal of 500 desks. Dlamini said the part­ner­ship also called for the or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­main united in shar­ing ideas in or­der to ben­e­fit the young pupils in the var­i­ous schools.

On the other hand, Act­ing PS in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Nom­pumelelo Dlamini thanked HMCS and Swazi MTN for the sup­port they are ren­der­ing to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion.

She said the desks ar­rived at an op­por­tune time where pupils will shortly be sit­ting for ex­am­i­na­tions, mark­ing the end of the third term.

With such sup­port, Dlamini stated that the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion would save im­mensely on fi­nances which would have been di­rected to the pur­chase of desks but now would cater for other ed­u­ca­tional needs.

Chief In­spec­tor of Pri­mary Schools, Con­stance Dlamini also shared the same sen­ti­ments, stat­ing that the ven­ture by the three or­gan­i­sa­tions plays a piv­otal role in en­hanc­ing free ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.

Pr­ereq­ui­site to the Free Ed­u­ca­tion Pol­icy where gov­ern­ment is ex­pected to pro­vide such ba­sic es­sen­tials as desks, she said the pro­vi­sion of the fur­ni­ture by MTN was highly ap­pre­ci­ated.

Di­rec­tor of Mi­cro-Projects Sibu­siso Mbingo ap­plauded the good work by the three or­gan­i­sa­tions where the cor­rec­tional ser­vices made high qual­ity and ap­pro­pri­ate desks for pupils.

He said the low cost of mak­ing such fur­ni­ture should prompt the min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion to con­sider pur­chas­ing desks from the Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices.

(Cour­tesy pics)

UNITED: The part­ners; Swazi MTN, Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices and min­istry of ed­u­ca­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives pos­ing in front of some of the desks ac­cru­ing out of the part­ner­ship be­tween the stake­hold­ers.

MUCH AP­PRE­CI­ATED: MTN Foun­da­tion Co­or­di­na­tor Lando Dlamini de­liv­er­ing her speech at the func­tion.

WELL REP­RE­SENTED: Deputy Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Thokozile Nx­u­malo, who was rep­re­sent­ing the Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Isa­iah Mzuthini Nt­shangase.

THANK YOU: Act­ing PS in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion Nom­pumelelo Dlamini pass­ing a word of grat­i­tude on gov­ern­ment’s be­half.

HELP­ING HAND: Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Isa­iah Mzuthini Nt­shangase.

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