Botho Community Outreach Encourages Tree Planting

Botho Community Outreach held its first project, a tree planting event, on the 27th of April 2015 at Boswa Primary school.

The event was graced by the presence of various dignitaries, including Member of Parliament for Gaborone Bonnington South Mr. Ndaba Gaolathe, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Employability and Development for Botho University Mrs. Priya Iyer, Dean of Office of Student Research and Outreach at Botho University Dr. B.B. Mbongwe and Managing Director of Pan Solutions Mr. Ngwako.

During the event different speakers acknowledged the club for identifying a need to plant trees at Boswa as this benefits the pupils in many ways including providing shelter for students as playing on hot days previously exposed them to health risks associated with exposure to direct sunlight and high temperatures. The trees do not only benefit the students but are also a step forward to reduce global warming. Boswa choir rounded up the activities of the day with a well sang melody. Seven trees were planted on the day with six of the trees surrounding the playground and the last one in front of the school main gate.

The students were delighted to witness the MP Mr. Gaolathe planting a tree at their school. The club members acquired new skills on how to plant trees and also learned the importance of doing community work. The club went the extra mile to provide what was needed for the event including banners, shelter, snacks and drinks, and managed to complete the project on schedule. The club was able to carry out most of its objectives, instilling confidence in the club members and encouraging them to work on future projects. The efforts of all club members ensured that the event was a success.

The club wishes to extend its gratitude to Botho University management for allowing it to use various resources and providing assistance where necessary; the Member of Parliament MP Gaolathe and other dignitaries for gracing the event; and the Department of Forestry and Ranchers for providing the club with trees.