By Limpho Sello
MASERU — Maseru City Council (MCC) is set to take some children back to the classroom as part of the local authority’s silver jubilee celebrations.
MCC Public Relations Officer, Lintle Moerane told the Lesotho Times in an interview on Tuesday that within the MCC precincts, the municipality intends to take children who are not at school back to class.
That programme will mark the beginning of a series of different programmes lined up from this month until December as part of celebrations to mark MCC’s 25th birthday.
Moerane said MCC decided to hold back to school campaigns after observing that although there is free primary education, there are children who are still staying at home.
“So these children must go back to school,” Moerane said.
She said they want to work hard with the help of their councillors to see to it that those children go back to school.
Moerane said councillors will be in a better position to identify the children because they live together with the children in the communities.
“We also want to help the ministry of education in getting children to go back to the classroom,” Moerane said.
“In February we are going to some manual income generating activities while in March we want to celebrate Moshoeshoe’s Day for our 25th Anniversary”.
For Easter Moerane further said they wish to hold a silver Easter where there will be a prayer session in the morning and then later in the afternoon host a concert that will host local gospel artistes.
Moerane said she does not have the list of artistes who will be performing as yet because they are yet to negotiate.
The actual celebrating for the silver jubilee is planned for the first or second week of May where Moerane said on the actual day there will be various activities to brighten the day.
“Thereafter there will still be some activities still in the spirit of the 25th anniversary then in December there will be a World Aids Day Silver Jubilee and awarding staff members who have been working hard within the MCC.”
She was upbeat about the municipality’s achievements.
“We were able to manage hawkers in the streets of the city, renovate parks as well as allocate sites to improve Maseru”.
She said now there are malls in Maseru after MCC allocated sites.
“I can say that we are part and parcel of the achievements in Maseru”.
“Though we have achieved a lot there are still challenges and we have a long way to go”.
MCC was first established in 1989.