Busy Bee wins big

Busy Bee wins big

MASERU-Christmas came early for Busy Bee English Medium School after it walked away with the M100 000 prize in the Econet Telecom Lesotho Pay School fees with Ecocash competition on Tuesday.

The competition began last year in June. Its aim is to encourage parents to use the Ecocash platform to pay fees. Schools that win in the competition are awarded M100 000 for renovations.
Schools had to collect at least M100 000 in school fees to stand a chance of winning the top prize.

Busy Bee managed to raise M134 000 through Ecocash.
Speaking at a ceremony to hand over the prize on Tuesday, Econet Sales & Distribution Manager, ’Matikoe Letsie, said the competition came after the company was bombarded by requests from schools to renovate their facilities.

Letsie said they encouraged schools and parents to transact with Ecocash as a convenient and safe financial platform and as a means to enter the competition.
At Econet, Letsie said, they believe in Malcom X’s words that education is the passport to the future because tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

“We believe that children learn better when their surroundings are safe and this can only be achieved under clean and properly renovated infrastructure,” Letsie said.
Vice Chairman of the Busy Bee’s Board, Koantlane Molefi, said they are delighted and grateful to have emerged as the winners.

Molefi said their biggest priorities are safety and health to ensure that students learn without any obstacles.
“This money will go towards building a safety wall but mainly towards paving which is 30 percent done at the moment,” Molefi said.
“We believe that dust in the long run may have negative health implications,” he said.

He added that in the wake of Covid-19 some of the money will be used to ensure that when students go back to school, they have hand-washing facilities that will minimise the spread of the virus.
“Econet announced this promotion at an opportune time when we were asking for contributions from parents and other well-wishers towards renovations at our school,” he said.

Dennis Plaatjies, the CEO of the Econet Lesotho, said they are trying to extend a helping hand and restore school infrastructure to enable quality learning.
“Most of our schools across the country are not in a good condition, they are dilapidated and unsafe,” Plaatjies said.
“We need to try and restore dignity to our schools especially now that Covid-19 has shown us that hygiene is the most important thing,” he said.
Prizes to the tune of M155 535 were awarded to both parents and schools in the course of the competition.

In the first quarter Busy Bee, St Charles High School and six parents were awarded data, in the second quarter Redwitz Prep, Busy Bee and six parents were also awarded data and in the third quarter Ants Basic Centre, Katleho English Medium and two parents were awarded data to the tune of M55 535.

Lemohang Rakotsoane

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