ROMA College of Nursing turns 50 years in December.
To commemorate the milestone, the college has lined a series of activities.
Various entertainment activities and award ceremonies will be held in the run-up to the main festivities at the college grounds on 9 December 2022.
Initially known as Roma School of Nursing, the college was established by the Roman Catholic Church on 15 August 1972. It was set up to train people from remote areas so that they could return to serve their communities after completing their studies.
Addressing the media recently, assistant human resources manager, ‘Makatleho Pharoe, said among other activities, there would be a fun-walk on Saturday and a gala dinner on 4 November to raise funds to assist needy students.
The main event in December will be graced by Roman Catholic Church authorities, Health and Education and Training ministries officials.
Principal nurse educator, Keketsi Mokotso, said the college was currently offering two programmes namely, a three-year diploma in nursing and a one-year post basic diploma in midwifery.
She said they were planning to introduce more programmes in line with the national human resource needs. The contemplated programmes include nursing assistant and oncology nursing courses.
“The college has improved its administrative staff and we now have 16 support staffers including an administrator and a human resources officer,” Ms Mokotso said.
“Other milestones achieved include the construction of more classrooms, offices, equipped laboratories, library, staff housing as well as internet connectivity. Our programmes have also been accredited by both the Lesotho Nursing College (LNC) and the Council on Higher Education (CHE) to ensure that there is quality assurance.”
Ms Mokotso said as further testimony to the college’s growth, it was now in charge of its accounting books – a function that was previously outsourced to the nearby St Joseph’s Hospital.