The Morija Museum & Archives, an institution of the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA), has launched its latest initiative, The Hub. The Hub is a Creative Technology Lab where inexpensive Internet services will be made available to the community and students. Youth and others will be able to receive training and mentoring in computer skills, photography, graphic design, website design and maintenance, film, and writing skills. This effort is aimed at equipping young people with the necessary skills to enter the job market or establish businesses of their own.
The Hub, located on the grounds of the Museum, was officially opened on the 11th of August 2015 by Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate, Patron of the Morija Museum & Archives. Other special guests included The Honourable Minister of Tourism, Environment and Culture Ms. Likeleli Tampane, LECSA Moderator Rev. Tseliso Simeon Masemene, Standard Lesotho Bank Chief Executive Mpho Vumbukani and Vodacom Lesotho Foundation Manager Mpho Brown. Master of Ceremonies for the event was Mr. Edgar Nthunya, a long-time friend of the Museum.
Rev. Masemene, in his remarks, noted that Morija has always been a leader in education and training and widely known as Selibeng sa Thuto (the Well-spring of Learning). Furthermore, the LECSA has been concerned with community development from the time of the arrival of the French missionaries in 1833. The launch of The Hub was evidence of the church’s continued interest in such development.
The Hub’s all-volunteer staff includes Coordinator Ms. Meri Hyöky and Assistant Coordinator Ms. Leila Hall. Membership costs only M100 for a full year which includes Internet access, training and workshops. Generous corporate sponsorship from the Vodacom Lesotho Foundation and Standard Lesotho Bank made the dream of this not-for-profit project possible. These vital contributions were commended and acknowledged by various speakers at the launch.
The Morija Museum & Archives has been in existence for nearly 60 years. It remains today the finest museum in Lesotho. The Museum, through the efforts of Curator Mr. Stephen Gill and his staff, has spearheaded a number of initiatives, including the annual Morija Arts & Cultural Festival, the Morija Arts Centre and the Maeder House Art Gallery. These events and facilities are part of what is now referred to as the Morija Cultural Precinct dedicated to the arts and creativity, heritage and tourism.