THE Prime Minister’s Office on Friday held a back-to-school function at Boitelo Primary School in Katlehong to motivate the students and present 30 of the most needy among the children with gift-hampers.
In his address, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Pitso Maisa, advised the students to be attentive in class and respect their teachers in order to be successful in life.
Mr Maisa, who was dressed in a school uniform in line with the theme of the visit, added that with the right attitude, only the sky was the limit for the students.
“I was once your age and a student just like you. I must confess I also experienced the hardships some of you are going through such as coming to school on an empty stomach, but I didn’t give up,” Mr Maisa said.
“I also urge you to do the same, and if you work hard, you can be anything you want to be in life.”
Cabinet Principal Secretary Mothabathe Hlalele also told the students that during his schooldays, he was naughty but this did not stop him from working hard and getting where he is today.
“When you are naughty, you must also make sure you work hard in your studies,” Mr Hlalele said.
“These successful people you see today were just like you at some point, and you can only get to where they are only if you work hard.”
Mr Hlalele further appealed to the learners to “accept yourself for who you are and avoid competing about who wears the most expensive pair of shoes to school because that is not important”.
He added: “What is important is that you must learn and pass your examinations. I urge you to strive for success as you are the future of this country. You hold the power of making this country better, but this can only happen if you continue working hard in class and being disciplined.
“We are here today to celebrate with you and give guidance on the correct path to follow if you want to become better people in life.”
In her vote-of-thanks, Boitelo Primary School Principal, ‘Manthebane Moloinyane said being chosen for such a visit was humbling for everyone at the institution. Ms Moloinyane added the toiletries, shoe-brushes, toothbrushes and face-cloths would go a long in alleviating the plight of the beneficiaries, who are double-orphans.
“The gifts we have received today are going to make a huge difference to these vulnerable children, which is why we are so grateful for this visit and being feel honoured to have been chosen among the many schools in Maseru,” Ms Moloinyane said.