Queen Anne partnership – making the link between the UK and Botswana

With a head office in London and operations across Africa, we are always looking for ways to internalise the links between our operations and to share the unique challenges our PACs face.

This year we partnered with Queen Anne's, a school for girls in Reading in the UK, to make a difference for the Kaudwane Primary School, located 220 km north-west of Gaborone in Botswana. Kaudwane has, for several years, been supported by Gem Diamonds, most recently with the repair and maintenance of classroom infrastructure.

Given the economic hardships faced by many Kaudwane learners, the head teacher at Kaudwane identified crucial items which would be most appreciated by the school and the learners. The Queen Anne's students then embarked on a drive to source and donate these items. Sports kit, stationery, clothing and other items were collected and shipped to Kaudwane, to great enthusiasm from the learners there.

In addition to their donations, the Queen Anne's learners also held fund-raising walkathon whereby they walked the distance between the two schools – 5 456 miles from Reading, UK to Kaudwane, Botswana.