Chobe Game Lodge Responds To The Plight Of Chobe Learners

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An environment not conducive to learning is a recipe for failure among learners, a scenario the Chobe district faces with the sorry state that most education facilities are in, both at primary and secondary school levels.

However, this would easily degenerate into a crisis waiting to happen if the situation was to be normalized, and stakeholders fail to hold hands in changing the status quo -this is the view strongly by Chobe Game Lodge General Manager Johan Bruwer.

Bruwer gave a moving account of how after reading a revealing article in this publication about the sorry state of affairs at the only two Junior Secondary schools in the district – Chobe and Liswaani – the lodge decided to act in the interests of the learners.

Bruwer was speaking at the handover of 300 mattresses Chobe Game Lodge donated to the two Junior Secondary Schools, to ensure the learners in boarding facilities slept comfortably.

The article in question had catalogued a whole lot of shortcomings in school infrastructure in the district. It detailed also how the facilities had no doors and how almost all the dormitories students slept on the floor due to a shortage of mattresses. The district council leadership had after hearing about the shortcomings at the schools visited the facilities and met with the stark reality of dilapidating facilities.

“It was a very painful article to read. Many and indicated, as other councillors said a disaster waiting to happen,” Bruwer shared.  Things are wrong, especially in the infrastructure of boarding schools, everything from broken windows, and missing doors to inadequate printing equipment.”

Bruwer, among all the shortcomings they, at Chobe Game Lodge, found sleeping on the floor by students to be unacceptable – hence the move to donate the mattresses.

“You cannot expect students to perform well academically if they don’t have the right equipment, proper feeding, and proper professionals educating them. Those kids will not have a fair chance at exceeding in life,” he said,

While the state of affairs in these schools remains unchanged – Chobe Game Lodge, made the boldest move to provide new mattresses for the learners in boarding – to restore their dignity in the space of learning.

Bruwer decried that without all the hands on deck, the desire to see well-performing students will remain elusive, as he emphasised the importance of getting it right at basic education to produce robust learners. He called on other businesses in the district to come to the party and rescue the situation by ensuring learners are provided with the necessary environment for learning.

Meanwhile, Bruwer announced that Chobe Game Lodge will construct two multipurpose assembly areas for Chobe JSS and Kavimba Primary School. Construction of the two structures will commence in due course with plans and designs approved by the council.

Chobe District Council Chairman Chimney Mululwani confirmed the unpleasant state of the schools in the district. He applauded Chobe Game Lodge for the donation which will make a significant impact on the children’s education. Mululwani highlighted that Game Lodge has over the years been at the forefront in empowering young people by offering them training in various fields offered in the tourism industry as well as the education sector in the district.

He further shared that Chobe Game Lodge was also involved in various projects in the district that support communities and ensure their improved livelihoods.

Chobe Game Lodge, is the only eco-tourism facility that is located in the Chobe National Park on the banks of the Chobe River. The five-decade-old facility is operated by eco-tourism operator, Chobe Holdings Limited, which has other popular brands plying the tourism space.

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