Maru-a-Pula School (MaP) is a co-educational, independent day and boarding secondary school rooted in Botswana. Founded in 1972, MaP was established as a non-profit trust built on 50 acres of land donated by the Botswana Government. The founding Principal, Deane Yates, launched the school based on multiracial ideals, with community outreach as a core principle. The school aims to nurture leaders who are deeply committed to helping their communities.
- MaP’s diverse community consists of 775 students (two thirds are Botswana citizens) and 68 teachers from more than 35 different countries. MaP has always made it a priority to offer generous financial aid to selected, academically capable citizens who would not otherwise be able to attend the school. Additionally, MaP awards full scholarships to orphans and vulnerable children annually. In recent years, this has been extended to include refugee children. A further 74 students are funded through partnerships with the Government of Botswana and Debswana Diamond Company.
- MaP offers rigorous preparation for the Cambridge IGCSE, AS and A-Level examinations, preparing students for entry to highly selective universities worldwide. MaP is delighted to be one of Africa’s leading schools with 94 students currently studying (in 2019) at the world’s top 100 ranked universities.
- Five MaP students received the Cambridge “Top in the World” awards for their outstanding performance in the November 2017 IGCSE and A Level exams.
- A comparison of the cumulative A-Level grades in the June 2018 Cambridge exams reveals that MaP students outscored the rest of the world in the A*/A category by 78.9% to 34.6% in Maths, by 66.7% to 34.4% in Biology, by 83.3% to 29.7% in Physics and by 88.2% to 31.1% in Chemistry.
MaP’s 47-year tradition of community service is unparalleled for a secondary school. With more than 35 different projects from which to choose, MaP students partner with schools, hospitals and struggling communities, through weekly visits each term. By these acts of service, MaP students learn more powerful lessons than those taught in the classroom.
MaP enjoys pace-setting partnerships: Harvard University sends four undergraduates to work with our students for eight weeks; actors and dancers from the Juilliard School for the Performing Arts in New York City join us for three weeks and Princeton-in-Africa Teaching Fellows work at MaP for a full year.
Sports and the Arts also represent essential features of MaP life. MaP students excel in local, regional and global competitions and our top athletes have represented Botswana in national teams, including at the African and Olympic games. We nurture and celebrate the creative arts here at our nationally-famous Maitisong theatre, which hosts Botswana’s largest cultural festival and the annual President’s Concert.
MaP students are characteristically ambitious, talented and hard-working. They are eager to engage and their energy is matched by teachers who are passionate and generous with their time. Our teachers and students form strong bonds and are delighted to be able to work together on a beautiful campus. MaP is a secular school with a vibrant spirit of shared purpose and commitment to leadership in all spheres.
The name “Maru-a-Pula” means “clouds of rain” or “promises of blessings” in Setswana. Rarely are schools so aptly named.