As an initiative to close the education gap, the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology injected a scholarship as part of honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of its late founder Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Datoâ€™ Sri Paduka Dr Limkokwing.
The philanthropist, Limkokwing who succumbed to Covid-19 complications this year in June 1, 2021 at the age of 75 was honoured through a memorial celebration at the university this week by issuing a total of 40 scholarships to the Ministry of Social Development.
According to university Registrar Moroka Hoohlo, the founder of the university lived a legendary life that has impacted multitudes of people throughout the world. He added that the institution decided to celebrate the day in a manner worthy of the heroâ€™s life.
He stated that they are going to stretch their hands to make an impact to the lives of the people, thus following in the footsteps of Lim.
â€œThe institution will celebrate this day annually and will do so in the spirit of giving which our founder had to those less privileged throughout the world, and today we will issue scholarships to the Ministry of Social Development,â€ he said.
LUCT Campus Director Administration Advocate Tefo Macheli, said the university took a resolution to mark the anniversary of the late Tan Sri Limkokwing every year in an impactful way, especially with the less fortunate.
â€œWe will be celebrating with the less privileged and carry the spirit of giving that our father had, we will be celebrating in an attempt not only to enjoy his life but also to allow his spirit to carry on living amongst us,â€ he said.
He added that this year the university will celebrate by issuing three categories of scholarships for students under these categories to either start from high school or embark in tertiary.
He also said that the university will not overtake the ministry on its normal activities but will align its self with the plans and the vision of the ministry and considering the technical advices from the ministry.
He said the university is giving out these scholarships to respond to the Covid-19 impact to the lives of the front line health care personnel. He added that the scholarships will help the kids of health workers to go to school, especially those that may have lost their parents as a result of the Covid-19. He said children will have to proceed with their education even at when their parents are no more because of covid-19.
On the behalf of the Minister of Social Development, the Minister of Public Service Keketso Sello indicated the ministryâ€™s indebtedness to the university for the gesture as well as the impact the innovative university has had in Lesotho.
â€œDr Limkokwing lived a selfless life, his life shows that the future is indeed in the hands of those who are making change today,â€ he said.
Sello further thanked the University of Limkokwing for all that it does to Lesotho and the future of Lesotho, adding that the future of Lesotho is highly affected positively by the initiative of the University of Limkokwing.
The event was also graced by the presence of ministers of Education and Health among other dignitaries.