Whinsley Masara, Chronicle Reporter
THE Old Miltonians Trust has handed over three newly painted classrooms and 30 combo desks and chairs worth about $2,100 to Milton Boys High School.
The furniture and repainted classrooms were handed over to Milton High headmaster William Ncube and Bulawayo Central District education officer Jane Ndebele by the Trust’s chairman Theo Weale and a few old boys during a brief ceremony held at the school on Tuesday.
Weale said the gesture was made possible by the contributions of 44 old boys that have dedicated themselves to improving facilities at their former school and expressed the hope that other former students at home and abroad would join them to move Milton High forward.
“We’re donating 30 combo desk and chair units that seat 60 pupils and three repainted classrooms in the Sixth Form block to make it easier for the senior students to focus on learning at this critical time as well as to show them that even after they leave the school, success isn’t complete until it spills over to one’s community, including his former school,” said Weale.
He said the Old Miltonians Trust seeks to re-unite many former students and work together towards renovating the school’s entire infrastructure, which has deteriorated over the years.
“We’ave developed a growing network of over 300 members and encourage others to join us in our quest to transform the teaching and learning environment of this great school,” he said.
Weale said the Trust would soon unveil a mentorship programme aimed at developing present pupils into responsible citizens and good ambassadors of Milton and the country at their various stations in life after they leave the school.
Ndebele expressed delight to be part of the change that the Old Miltonians Trust is bringing to the school and implored the pupils not to vandalise the new furniture and repainted walls.
She said she was saddened by the graffiti on classroom walls during a tour of the school she previously conducted and appealed to the pupils and teachers to ensure the donated furniture and repainted classrooms are not tampered with.
“This is a great model displayed and we wish the younger ones can emulate it. The interesting part is that this group of donors left this school more than 22 years ago, but have since remembered where they came from and are giving back. I hope when you also remember where you came from after you leave,” Ndebele said.