MTN, HMCS DELIVER 200 DESKS TO SCHOOLS
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.
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.