By: Mpho Shelile
In an underserved community, a school at Kelebone Village Quthing was struggling to provide a conducive learning environment for its students. Insufficient infrastructure, overcrowded classrooms, and dilapidated buildings were hindering the potential of these eager young minds. Recognizing the urgent need for change, a dedicated villager and Alliance Insurance stepped in to make a difference.
On 23 January Alliance handed over two classrooms, an office, and food supplies to a school in need and to help students pursue a brighter future. Speaking on behalf of Alliance Mrs. Makeabetsoe Mabaleha the CEO, stated that in pursuit of a better and more equitable future they must extend their hand to those in need, especially when it comes to education.
Mrs. Mabaleha also emphasized that their journey began when a concerned citizen identified a school facing severe challenges due to inadequate infrastructure and limited resources and decided to approach Alliance for assistance. Recognizing the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty, they decided to take action.
“Education plays a pivotal role, and I believe that it acts as the cornerstone for personal and societal development. Unfortunately, many schools in Lesotho face challenges such as inadequate infrastructure, hindering the learning experience for countless students,” she said.
Mrs. Mabaleha indicated that understanding the link between nutrition and academic performance is crucial, henceforth Alliance took it upon itself to also focus on addressing the students’ nutritional needs even though the letter only addressed classrooms. “Alliance is proud to have clients like you guys because it is through you getting insured that we can do all we have done today, which is why our motto is ‘Alliance is always there for Basotho’ and indeed we make sure to live up to those words”, said Mabaleha.
She concluded her remarks by stating that before the construction project commenced, it was essential to assess the existing conditions of the school. Many students were studying in a dilapidated building with insufficient space; a church for that matter, an outdated facility. This not only affected the quality of education but also demotivated students, hindering their potential to learn. Adding that Alliance is very happy to be part of making an impact in the educational advancement of Lesotho.
In highlighting and detailing the construction process, Mr. Nanabetsane Ramokoena stated that he was the one who witnessed the struggle the students were learning under and it made him wonder how 80 students learn in one church with only two teachers and a principal, -, “From fundraising efforts to overcoming logistical hurdles, Alliance’s commitment to the cause drove these project forward. I can say that the construction of each classroom symbolized a step closer to breaking the barriers that limited the educational opportunities of the children in the community,” he said.
He also emphasized that attendance rates will surely increase, and their academic performance will improve. The revitalized learning environment will surely instill a sense of pride and enthusiasm among both students and teachers, creating a positive ripple effect throughout the community.
On behalf of the school, Mrs. Masebabatso Letsie said that the improved infrastructure is to provide a conducive learning environment, reduce overcrowding, and improve the overall quality of education. Adding that words cannot explain the kind of gratitude she feels towards Alliance and its leadership. “Students now have a brighter and more hopeful future ahead of them, thanks to Alliance Insurance’s dedication to empowering education. I believe that collective efforts can bring about meaningful change in the realm of education,” said Mrs. Letsie
On behalf of the parents; Mrs. Mamphuthi Phanduva stated that the story serves as a testament to the power of collaboration, compassion, and the unwavering belief in the transformative potential of education, adding that she is very grateful to Alliance for assisting in building classrooms for their children, “God has worked in mysterious ways by bringing Mr. Nanabetsane to Quthing and using him in working his miracles,” said Mrs. Mamphuthi.
The District Education Manager of Leribe Mrs. Moipusi Motebang indicated that building classrooms for a school in need is not just about constructing physical structures but it is a transformative journey that is meant to empower individuals and communities. Adding that Alliance has also played a major role in the investment of education, “I also believe that it is through collaborative efforts, sustainable practices, and a commitment to excellence, we can bridge educational gaps and pave the way for a more equitable and prosperous society and ensuring that no kid is left behind regardless of their background,” she said.
She further stated that with this initiative, Alliance is building dreams and creating future lawyers and doctors. It also highlights the incredible impact Alliance has on education when driven by passion for positive change. “By constructing classrooms for a school in need, Alliance has not only provided a physical space for learning but has also sown the seeds for a brighter and more prosperous future for the community and its children,” she said.
Mrs. Motebang concluded by stating that as we celebrates such initiatives, her only wish is that they may inspire others to contribute towards creating a world where every child has access to quality education and the tools they need to thrive.
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