When a bank assists kids with their homework

When a bank assists kids with their homework

MASERU – STANDARD Lesotho Bank through the ‘bank at work’ project has joined hands with Nalane Foundation for an after-school programme at Hoohlo and Moshoeshoe II Primary Schools. The programme assists pupils with their home-work and life skills training. Marketing Officer at Standard Lesotho Bank Mphotleng Sekoala said the bank has sourced out funds to help Nalane enhance the performance of primary schools and the students’ self-actualisation.

“Nalane approached the bank for assistance and it did not hesitate as it engages in bringing back to the community through CSI,” Sekoala said. “This is the fourth year that the bank is funding the foundation,” she said. Sekoala said her bank has pledged M100 000 for tutoring and feeding of children such that they could be effective during classes and be able to participate efficiently. She said since the beginning of these tutorials, students’ performance has gone up in these schools.

Site Coordinator at Hoohlo Primary School, Teboho Seboka, said Nalane Foundation is a non-profit making organisation which was established in 2013. And it has about 31 tutors. “Nalane has been productive in terms of tutoring although it sometimes encountered funding challenges,” Seboka said. He said the foundation at the moment assists four primary schools which are Moshoeshoe II, Leqele, Hoohlo and St James.

He said since they started the tutoring project they have managed to produce top-ten students due to the good job that they do to assist the pupils.Tutorials take up to two hours. Seboka said teachers advise the Nalane team on subjects that pupils should take. He said students are also assisted with concepts and home-work. Besides tutoring, Nalane engages in aquaponics, a project which is a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics where they produce fish and crops.

“Aquaculture means rearing of tilapia fish in tanks and the waste it excretes is used to water the crops while hydroponics implies growing plants in water,” Seboka said. “The water in the tanks circulates from the sub-tanks to fish and then to the plants,” he said. Meanwhile, Chief Operations Officer of the foundation Nthabiseng Mokhethi said aquaponics project enables her organisation to survive during financial hardships.

Tokase Mphutlane

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