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Botho Students “Helping Heal the Leaders of Tomorrow”

A group of five students from Botho University (Kesegofetse Motlapele, AhmedGabanamotse,Theetso Setlhabi, Elang Mosanana and Dunja Stevanovic) were tasked to undertake a Citizenship Action Research Project as part of the Communication Study Skills module.The aims of this project are to give students opportunities to become informed citizens,develop and apply knowledge and understanding andcultivate skills of enquiry, communication, participation and responsible action.The objective of the project is to assist the community through the spirit of volunteerism, donations or raising awareness.Participants are required to carry out the project in groups.

This group chose Princess Marina Paediatric Ward. Their main focus was to refurbish the playground and seating area,creating a bright and conducive space for our future generation receiving medical attention.The area was in a compromising state and a safety hazard.The volunteers fixed and painted some of the dilapidated benches and the jungle gym,and covered the area with artificial grass. Moreover, theylivened up the wardby painting the wallsin vibrant shades. On the 20th of May 2017, the playground was officially re-opened. Donationsvalued at approximately P54 000 were made, including toys, books, a trampoline,toiletries and other necessities.

The students would like to thank their sponsors:KhumoProperties (Pty) Ltd, Old Mutual Insurance Company of Botswana, Renew-It (Pty) Ltd and Hyper Home (Pty) Ltd for their generous contributions in assisting them to reach their goal, as well as Botho University for affording them the opportunity to give back to the community.

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