ROSL AND BCA TEAM UP IN BOTSWANA EDUCATION PROJECT
In a new education project, the ROSL Golden Jubilee Trust (GJT) and the Business Council for Africa (BCA) will enable over 80 youngsters to experience Boitumelo Mo Nageng (Joy in the Wild), which engages with vulnerable youth in Botswana to unlock their potential. MAV reports
BCA’s ethos is “Investing in Africa’s next generation” and this mission fits in very well with ROSL’s own and the Mokolodi Joy in the Wild project.
The Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation was established in 1992 when a 7,000 acres bushveld farm, 15 km south of Gaborone, was donated by the Kirby family for Educational Purposes – specifically to educate Botswana’s children on the importance of conserving the environment and sustainability.
Mokolodi Nature Reserve, under the Mokolodi Wildlife Foundation, was registered as a Charitable Foundation Trust in 1994.
Its Joy in the Wild objective is to offer disadvantaged Batswana youth a programme that combines conservation, environmental awareness, leadership and an understanding of world citizen responsibilities during a five-day residential experience in the bush.
Hitherto, the majority of the 260,000 young people who have attended such courses have been able to afford the travel and fees (£95) but support from ROSL and BCA will enable children from the streets or less well-off homes or are orphaned, HIV affected or have special needs to take part as well.
“The camp is hosted at our Education Centre, where we have dormitories and teachers’ rooms”, says Laola Gilbert, Mokolodi’s CEO. “The 3,700 hectares of land is used as our outdoor learning facility”.
Joy in the Bush came to the attention of the GJT through ROSL members living in Botswana. They have volunteered to help as monitors and are regular visitors to the ROSL clubhouse. The completed GJT funding application form, accounts, business plan and other documents from Mokolodi were assessed by the GJT Trustees prior to their meeting in June.
The GJT meeting also noted the good progress being made by the 34 ROSL supported students studying education at the University of Namibia and the student studying Commerce at the Technical University of Kenya along with interesting project development at Dehradun in India.
Clive Carpenter, former Deputy Chairman of the BCA and present ROSL GJT Trustee said, “The Joy in the Wild project is close to the heart of both organisations – encouraging environmentally sensitive understanding and leadership amongst young people and developing their personal potential.”.
The ROSL Golden Jubilee Trust (GJT) was established in 1960. A registered charity (number 306095) it is required to have its own Chairman and Trustees. The Trust’s funds are largely restricted to ROSL music prizes at the request of past legacy donors. The Dr Valentine legacy of £94,000 is restricted to education projects in Namibia. The GJT pays ROSL for administration services undertaken by ROSL staff and has a small review group, which includes the DG, to look at how the Trust will best sit in the future overall ROSL restructuring plan. Details, including criteria for grant applications relating to education projects are on the ROSL website. However, for information relating to kind legacies in connection with ROSL’s Grade 1 clubhouse, please contact the DG direct.