BY: Blessing Kgosietsile Kgasa
EVENT: #freedom2learn
29 July 2016 - 29 July 2017

Hi, I am Mafhikana.

Mafhikana Ward can be found nestled in the middle of Kanye, a village of around 50 000 people south of Botswana. In here a sense of solidarity pervades: The Clinic is named Mafhikana; Primary school, named Mafhikana; Church, named Mafhikana; Post office, named Mafhikana; The Bar is also named Mafhikana. Indeed, there is no Ward quite like Mafhikana.

Mafhikana Primary school: I playfully learned to read and write, schooled here for my first crucial seven years of education between 1988-1994.

Mafhikana Clinic: In the event of sickness, I would be taken here for diagnosis and healing.

Mafhikana Post Office: I easily sprinted here to collect post, to post letters.

Mafhikana SDA Church: Every Saturday. No! Every blessed Sabbath, for almost 20 years, I would join my beloved family and the community to worship here.  No questions asked.

Mafhikana Bar: I came here almost every weekend; to watch televised football. This was my favourite bar.  I was a regular; if loaded I would spoil myself to a soft drink can of Schweppes Granadilla – if not Stoney Ginger Beer.

Please, give me the highest honour I could ever get:

You may call me Mafhikana.

Photo: the 12-year-old me at Mafhikana Primary School, in 1993. Photo taken by Mr Nkgare.

Kanye, Botswana.

 

I currently live in England and on a mission to pursue a doctorate in International Development. Myself a product of Mafhikana Primary School, and as an aspiring writer (kgosikgasa.wordpress.com), I would be grateful if you could join me in inspiring Mafhikana Primary School pupils to write. Please,  help me and Mafhikana Primary School organise an annual Prize Giving Ceremony, awards will  include: most improved, music, sport, drama, best achievers, contribution to school life and the main award of best Setswana and English composition across all the standards. As you  can see, I don’t have a class photo from my memorable years at Mafhikana primary. I want each and every student to have a simple class photo: digital and print where possible. There are at least 1000 students yearly at the primary school.

I believe this gesture could go a long way in mentoring, motivating and rewarding our future leaders and as Nelson Mandela reminded us: ''sometimes, it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that generation. Let your greatness blossom!

 

’’Until the lions learn how to write, every story will glorify the hunter.’’

 

 

Mafhikana Young Writers


Donations

Name Comment Date Amount
Blessing Kgosietsile Kgasa Let's Go Mafhikana! 29 July 2016 1,000.00 ZAR
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