The school the Chinese built

The school the Chinese built

MASERU – CHINA’s Ambassador to Lesotho, Sun Xianghua, has handed over a state-of-the-art school to the government.  The China-Lesotho Middle School in Thuathe, whose construction started in August 2009, was officially opened last Thursday.

Sun said the school is part of a grant from the Government of China under the Forum of China–Africa Corp (FOCAF).  “After more than one year’s hard work, inspection and check-up by an independent technical team of engineers from China and through the evaluation by the relevant authorities of Lesotho, the school is now ready to be handed over to the Kingdom of Lesotho,” Sun said.

“Building a school equals to demolishing a prison, we have realized that Lesotho put aside a huge amount of money on it budgets for education.”  “The younger generations of Basotho will have another high quality learning facility to prepare them for their future and pursue their colourful dreams,” he said.  Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili said the school is “an eloquent testimony to the warm relations between Lesotho and China.

“It further signifies the Chinese government’s resolve to continue to contribute towards the socio-economic development of Lesotho and the African continent as a whole.”
“As clearly articulated in the Coalition Agreement, education is the critical component in developing an informed citizenry and a workforce suitable for economic and social development of Lesotho.”

“Under Goal No 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), the facilities we are receiving today are a direct contribution to measures aimed at assisting Lesotho to put in place the necessary conditions for the realisation of this goal.” Minister of Education Motlalentoa Letsosa said the school is for every Mosotho like any government school.
“Special thanks to China for working under hard conditions of water crisis,” he said.

Project manager Shang Quisong said the school has two teacher’s residences, a multipurpose hall, library, distribution rooms, 30 classrooms, playground and a basketball court.
Three computers were stolen from the school during construction.  Mosisili said he is happy that the Chinese went ahead with the project despite the incident.
“If three computers have been stolen, this really shows we are not appreciating the school,” he said.

“At some point in time I wished the school could go to my home town in Qacha, knowing that Berea constituency did not elect me… but knowing that I am the Prime Minister for all Basotho, the construction was made here in Sehlabeng.”  The school is expected to admit students this year.
The Chinese team will continue to work closely with the Ministry of Education to ensure a smooth transfer of all the operations and maintenance skills.

Senate Sekotlo

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