Making his official first trip to North West Province, Consul General Rowan met with Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi, the 36th kgosi (Tswana for “king”) , of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, to learn about his vision for the Nation’s future. Following the meeting, Rowan visited a 10th grade history class. History is an elective course at Lebone College, and students gave a variety of interesting responses when asked what drew them to study history. For some, it was a fascination with what causes empires to rise and fall, while others were drawn by the effects of historical events on the continent. A vigorous discussion followed, with Rowan commenting that he was “amazed at the motivation the high school students had for studying history, and impressed with their ability to articulate their points.” While roughly half of the school’s students are residents of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, the remainder hail from the rest of South Africa, neighboring countries, Europe and the U.S. “The student body really projects strength in diversity,” Rowan added.
As its website describes it, “Lebone II – College of the Royal Bafokeng is a leading independent preparatory and secondary school for boys and girls, made unique by its heritage, its service to the community, and its approach to education. The school aims to provide the inspiration, education and opportunities that positively influence the Royal Bafokeng Nation and, eventually, the world.”(http://www.lebonecollege.co.za)