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Econet Lesotho gives scholarships to 7 students

‘Mantoetse Maama

MASERU — Seven disadvantaged students were this week awarded scholarships by telecommunications giant, Econet Telecom Lesotho, to study at Waterford Kamhlaba College in Swaziland.

The students leave Maseru for Swaziland tomorrow.

The students — Nelson Mensah-Aborampah, Tholoana Seetsa, Malakia Takane, Thabo Mazibuku, Bonang Soela, Bahlakona Mabetha and Teboho Mohloai — will study for the International Baccalaureate certificate.

The IB is a respected programme that is meant to ease high school graduates into tertiary education.

They were awarded the scholarships by the Masiyiwa Family Trust, a trust founded by Econet Wireless International boss, Strive Masiyiwa.

Econet Telecom Lesotho is a subsidiary of Econet Wireless International.

The Trust was set up to assist orphans and vulnerable children in countries where the company operates. The seven awardees, six boys and a girl were doing Form E at various schools in Lesotho.

The scholarships will cover tuition and boarding fees as well as allowances for living expenses.

Econet-Telecom Lesotho acting chief executive, Sefabatho Mathaba, said the students should regard themselves as most fortunate because there were many other children who had applied for the same scholarship but were not chosen.

This is the second group of Basotho children to benefit from the scholarship fund.

The first group left in 2009 and they have since completed their studies.

ETL said it was preparing to find more funds to enable them to further their studies.

“The first group went to school in 2009 and they completed their studies last year. They have passed their studies and we expect the same from you,” Mathaba said.

He said if they work hard the students would be given a chance to further their studies after completing their IB diploma.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Mensah-Aborampah, thanked Econet Lesotho Telecom for granting them an opportunity to study at the international school.

“We regard ourselves as very lucky as there were many students who applied for this scholarship,” Mensah-Aborampah said.

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