The Korean Embassy, Samsung Electronics and the Ministry of Transport and Communication have collaboratively gifted Sehithwa residents of Sehithwa with a high-tech digital village.
Sehithwa is a village in Ngamiland District located 100 Kilometres South of Maun. The Samsung donation comprises a solar – powered health centre, which also houses a telemedical centre at the village clinic and is expected to serve communities in the nearby villages of Bodibeng, Bothatogo and Toteng. This will bring relief to the residents, as they have always had to travel to Maun for various services.
Services such the screening of eye, ear, blood and dental screening, among others, will be conducted at the health centre. This is expected to improve the residents’ quality of life. The residents also took receipt of a solar powered Internet laboratory donated to the local school, as well as a solar powered generator.
Guest speaker and area Member of Parliament, Thato Kwerepe said at the event that he was ecstatic that the health centre has a telemedical facility, which will help address the shortage of specialised doctors in the district.
“People from rural areas have had it hard in the past, as they had to travel long distances to seek medical assistance. But we are here today to witness the handing over of this facility, which we receive with both hands. The donation is a good gesture and given to us today by generous people, and so we can only wish them well so that they may continue with their kindness”, he said.
He applauded the private sector for their willingness to assist the government to bring ICT skills closer to the people. Mr Kwerepe further said that Internet connectivity has also improved the livelihoods of people in rural communities, even though not all of them are computer literate.
With regards to the solar – powered Internet school, he said it would help Sehithwa primary school pupils perform better. As it stands, Sehithwa primary school is ranked among Botswana’s best – performing state schools.
“It is a known fact that most of our schools have not been performing well for a long time now. But because you now have a well – equipped laboratory, I can confidently say our pupils will do even better. Their teachers will also benefit, as they will learn and share knowledge on e-learning, ICT skills as well as research”, said Kwerepe.
Also speaking at the launch, Samsung Electronics Southern Africa Managing Director, Sung Woo Han said it has always been their wish to expose as many learners as possible to technology in the classroom from an early age. He explained that giving them access to technology at such an early age was one way of grooming children to become competitive graduates as they grow into adult life.
He further pointed out that they have taken it upon themselves to not only share their skills and resources but also their best innovation, as they believe success cannot only be measured by achievements made in businesses, but also by how well a business serves its people, how deeply the people’s lives are impacted.
“I must hasten to say we are happy to have started this with you. This donation might look small, but its rewards will be of great benefit. We believe children in this area will to a great extent benefit as their learning environment now has a major turnaround. It is just up to them now to make hay while the sun shines”.
Reference: Sunday Standard