Education Quarterly Reviews
Published: 08 May 2020
Adopt a School Programme: What the Doctor has Ordered to Remedy Education?
Tsaona Seitsiwe Mokgwathi, Boitshoko Effort Otlhomile
Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Botswana
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Keywords: Adopt-a-School, Initiative, Private Sector, Hub, Impact
This paper investigates the impact of the “adopt a school initiative” at a primary school that has been adopted by a private organisation in a small village in the vicinity of the university at which the researchers are based as employees. The government of Botswana through its Education Hub embarked on an initiative to involve private sector in the development of Education in the country. This was after realizing that Government cannot do it alone; also, because the Education Hub’s mandate was to position Botswana as a “Regional Centre of Excellence in Education, Training and Research (Education Hub flier).” As a result, a number of private sector organisations, including private individuals, responded to the call and established relationships with various public schools across the country. The data for the study were collected qualitatively through questionnaires in the form of oral interviews. The participants of the study were the school management and the management of the private organisation involved. The results showed that the “Adopt a school Initiative” seemed to be the right remedy that the doctor has ordered to cure some of the educational ailments at this school as it improved the school’s facilities and learners’ academic performance. This translated into a positive teaching and learning environment which impacted on the school’s academic outcomes. It is recommended that the Initiative should be further publicised country-wide to sensitise the communities about the value of this noble idea.
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