Maseru – The Minister of Education and Training has commended the Government of China for continuously providing scholarships to enable Basotho to study in institutions of higher learning in China.
Dr. Mahali Phamotse said this at a farewell reception for 16 Basotho students who will study in various fields in China starting from next month, held at the Chinese Embassy in Maseru, adding that each of them should realise the importance of the opportunity they have been given and use it accordingly.
She urged them to work hard in order to bring back victory home after completing their studies so as to contribute towards the development of the country through utilisation of skills they will have acquired in their studies.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chinese Ambassador to Lesotho Dr. Sun Xainghua said education is a fundamental way for people to inherit civilisation, knowledge and cultivate the younger generation for a meaningful life.
Dr. Xainghua said both governments share a common determination on educational development hence the provision of scholarships, saying the beneficiaries have been assessed by relevant authorities in China.
He advised the students to concentrate in their studies and be ready to learn different things such as the environment and culture of the Chinese people in order to get some skills they can use when they return home after their studies.
On behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Tlotliso Sello thanked the Chinese Embassy and promised that they will become individuals who will contribute towards the development of Lesotho.
Students who have received the scholarships will study in different fields of among others, Education, International Relations, Animal Science as well as Environmental Science and Engineering, and six of them are undergraduate students, the other six will study at postgraduate level, while four are government officials from the Ministries of Local Government, Education, Foreign Affairs and Lesotho Correctional Service.