Mmuagabo Primary School in Bodibe Village, North West Province, was the venue for the second Lafarge Community Trust Awards for Excellence ceremony. The Awards were launched in 2012 with the aim of motivating school learners, educators and community members to strive for excellence by showing public appreciation for their efforts. The Awards complement the work of the Lafarge Education Trust (LET), which in partnership with the Adopt-a-School Foundation has implemented the Whole School Development programme in 11 schools in Bodibe.
The Lafarge Community Trust (LCT) and Lafarge Education Trust (LET) were created in 2006 by major building materials company, Lafarge South Africa, local subsidiary of the international Lafarge Group, the world leader in building materials. The company's Lichtenburg Cement Works has a long-standing relationship with the Bodibe community, which provided the motivation for the inaugural education upliftment initiatives organised by the Trusts.
Addressing the gathering of learners and community members, the Department of Basic Education Circuit Manager, Mrs Nomhle Radebe, congratulated everyone on the contributions they had made to improving the standard of education in their community, saying it was the key to a sustainable better future.
At the presentation of the awards that followed, 44 Bodibe learners and educators were recognised for their performance excellence in various categories. LCT Trustee, Gerrit Olivier, presented awards to 33 of the Most Improved Learners in mathematics, science and English, as well as the Best Educators in these subjects. Mrs Radebe gave the presentation for the Top Achieving Matriculant. Other awards recognised the Best Performing Sports Teams, Overall Best Performing Learner, and Best LET Bursary Student, while pride in achieving the best school environment was recognised by the Clean Green Award, presented by Hannes Diedericks, Manager of the Lafarge Lichtenburg Cement Works. Bodibe Tribal Council Chief, Kgosi Rapulana Matlaba, presented the Award for the Best Community Mobilising School Governing Body Member.
Trustee of the Lafarge Education and Community Trusts, Teboho Mahuma, handed out the Leadership Award in recognition of the most improved management and academic performance in a school. She also addressed the gathering with words of encouragement, emphasising that it is everyone's responsibility to help build this country. "It starts right here with learners learning and teachers teaching. Strive for excellence in all your endeavours! The opportunities you have today are far better than those of your predecessors. Seize every chance to improve yourself and the reward will be a better life for you and your family," she told the learners.
"The awards ceremony has become established as a way of giving recognition to those who have applied themselves to their studies and to those who have played an important role in helping to uplift their community," comments Mpogeng Nkgadima, Progamme Manager, Lafarge Education and Community Trusts. "Our key ambition is to encourage all learners to take ownership of their future. It means showing initiative in improving themselves and becoming a better team member within their community."
NOTES TO EDITORS
Located in 64 countries with 65 000 employees, Lafarge is the world-leader in building materials, with top-ranking positions in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses. In 2012, the Group posted sales of 15,8 billion Euros.
Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities, working for sustainable construction and architectural creativity to help build better cities around the world: more beautiful cities that are better connected, have more housing, and are more compact and durable. Since 2010, the Lafarge Group has been part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index, the first global sustainability benchmark, in recognition of its sustainable development actions.
In South Africa, the company manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, readymixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It focuses on providing solutions to help the sustainable development of better cities that benefit the country's people. Through having a strong presence in all of its business lines, it is in a unique position to contribute to urban construction, while also helping to build better rural towns and villages.
Lafarge South Africa also demonstrates active concern for the conservation of the country's wildlife heritage and is a major supporter of the world's first dedicated baby rhino orphanage in Limpopo Province. The Group has for many years been a leader in sustainable development and was the first industrial group to enter into a worldwide ‘Conservation Partnership' with the environmental protection organisation, WWF International.
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