• Grant Thornton Botswana celebrates annual “Global CSR Day” and Tshwaragano Primary School’s 40th anniversary

Audit, accounting and tax firm supports educational facility in Old Naledi

Old Naledi – For many years, Grant Thornton Botswana (a member firm of Grant Thornnton International Limited - GTIL) has been committed to making a difference in people’s lives and giving back to the local community through various Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities. “GT (Growing Together) in the community” is a core pillar of their global strategy and also the basis of their annual “Global CSR Day”. On this day, Grant Thornton member firms all over the world engage in community service and collectively celebrate giving back to worthy causes in their respective communities.

In 2017, Grant Thornton Botswana pledged to support Tshwaragano Primary School, that houses over 1,100 children from the area of Old Naledi. In 2018, Grant Thornton continued its support and donated items to the value of P50,000 during its annual “Global CSR day”. This donation comes at a time when Tshwaragano Primary School is celebrating its 40th anniversary. When receiving the gifts, the head teacher Ms Spanky Kelopang stated that she was grateful for the support of Grant Thornton, and appreciates the second visit from the accounting firm. She mentioned that previously the academic performance of students had declined, however in the last year results have improved and she was certain that with the kind of support that Grant Thornton is giving, the results will indeed improve further. She gave an update that the photocopier that Grant Thornton had donated last year has helped in ensuring provision of individual notes and examination papers and fulfilling many other school needs, and further mentioned that this has raised the enthusiasm of the students.

Grant Thornton Managing Partner Mr Kalyanaraman Vijay stated that he was happy to hear about the progress since last year and further confirmed the organization’s commitment to supporting the school to improve students’ results. He presented the beneficiaries with the donation which include PSLE revision books, library books, educational games, boxes of sanitary pads for female students, signage and plaque to brand the school, goody bags, and trophies, certificates and school bags for their 40th anniversary prize giving celebration – all to the value of P50,000. To make the day special for each of the 1,100 students and teachers, the entire staff of Grant Thornton took time off work to spend the day with the students painting the reception classes, engaging in life skills training, playing games, singing and celebrating the spirit of togetherness.

Grant Thornton has had an inclination towards supporting educational and life skill development causes, and has previously extended their support to organizations such as Gamodubu Primary School, Pudulogong Rehabilitation and Development Centre, and Dinaletsana Developmental Centre to name a few. Grant Thornton is also an Authorized Training Employer endorsed by the Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants (BICA), and provides sponsorship and training to student perusing professional qualifications such as BICA, ACCA, CIMA, CIA, etc. This year, Grant Thornton Botswana also supported Grant Thornton Kenya’s effort for raising funds for Katani Secondary School, by sending 6 management representatives to part take in the Mount Kenya climb.

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