Why Give Back?
This is often the question that we are asked, “Why give back?” Did you know that school fees cover the operational costs of the school and do not fund extra programmes that the school has in place? Although we do set aside some funds, we also rely on donations and sponsorships to help meet our capital development needs.
As an alumna or alumnus, you have contributed to the legacy of this school. You are the academic results, you embody the tradition to service that is so engrained in the school’s identity and you represent the milestones in sports and the achievements in the Arts. Your achievements at Maru-a-Pula laid the foundation for the future successes of your life. Whilst you were growing, learning and succeeding, there were individuals who contributed to your success.
Giving back means giving to the community that shaped you so that others may have the opportunities you had.
What are you supporting?
Orphan and Vulnerable Children Scholarships:
The Deane Yates fund supports the Orphan and Vulnerable Children Scholarship programme at MaP. Since its inception, MaP has been committed to providing quality education for the students of Botswana. Despite their economic status, MaP has made sure that the deserving students of Botswana are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in an environment that provides academic, physical and emotional enrichment and education.
Archie Mogwe Bursary Fund:
The Archie Mogwe Bursary Fund was established in 2010, honouring MaP parent, grandparent and longest serving School Council member, the Hon. Archibald Mogwe. The fund provides partial scholarships to families wishing to send their children to MaP.
Capital Development Programme (CDP):
As a non-profit-making entity, Maru-a-Pula School uses the majority of its income from school fees to cover its operational costs such as water and power bills, staff salaries and routine maintenance needs. Although we do set aside some funds, we also rely on donations and sponsorships to help meet our capital development needs. Recently we have, through our capital budget, built a new French block consisting of two classrooms and also an ablution block next to the sports fields and ball courts. With the aid of a corporate sponsor we have erected a new Library Centre, an annex to the existing library, which includes two state-of-the-art seminar rooms equipped with computer stations, projectors and screens.
There is considerable need to upgrade other facilities on campus to improve the educational experience offered to MaP students and ensure that the school remains abreast of the technological advances to which its graduates will be exposed upon leaving the institution.
Alumni Mentor Program
The alumni office and the career and college counselling office would like you to volunteer to participate in a programme in which you will be a mentor to our form 5 and form 6 students. MaP alumni have attended universities in Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Australia. Alumni are working in the field of politics, engineering, education, social work, retail, banking and so much more. We would like our students to make the most informed choices regarding their future and we feel that our alumni are the best source for them.
What are the aims?
• To guide current Maru-a-Pula students in making their university and career choices by giving them information provided by alumni who are willing to share their experiences
• To give our students the opportunity to experience the “working world”
• To foster lasting relationships for both our alumni and our students