BU LITTER PICKING CAMPAIGN
Office of Staff and Students Outreach (OSSO) embarked on a clean-up campaign targeting the Botho University Gaborone campus surrounding areas. Honourable Councillor Charles Pereko of Kgale View joined in and assisted in the exercise.
The clean-up was carried out to encourage BU staff and students to care for their community and local environment by collecting litter from their streets, and was intended to supplement the usual cleaning up by the Gaborone City Council.
The campaign, held on the 15th December 2017, saw Botho University students and staff litter picking around Block 9, Kgale View and Gaborone West. The campaign also aimed to give these areas a facelift.
SIGN LANGUAGE WORKSHOP OPENS DOOR TO DEAF CULTURE
Helping deaf students feel welcome at Botho University (BU) can be a challenge when most faculty and staff don't know sign language. This is why the Office of Staff and Student Outreach (OSSO) at BU held a Sign Language workshop for academic and non-academic staff. The workshop was organised to sensitize staff on the area of special needs targeting those with hearing impairments. The Sign Language workshop was the first of its kind where staff was able to engage in basic signs and learnt how to interact with a deaf person. The workshop facilitator, Ms Catherine Shashane, director of Sign Language Skill Development Centre, advisor and mentor of both hearing and deaf, is a well known Botswana Television (BTV) sign language interpreter. Facilitator Mr Goatlhokwa Seloma, a self-employed director, who is also deaf, shared the basic ways of communicating with deaf people and ensured that workshop participants practiced these ways.
BOTHO UNIVERSITY STUDENT WINS GIA SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY IN INDIA
Yozikee Juliet Kariambahe, a 22-year-old Botho University graduate, has been awarded a scholarship to study full time at the Gemology Institute of America (GIA) in Mumbai, India. The award, given by GIA, aligns with the institute’s goals of providing quality education in gemology and jewelry to the trade and aspiring professionals, and is awarded to future designers who wish to advance their careers in this field.
Kariambahe, a Professional Diploma in Jewellery Management and Design graduate hails from Gabane, studied under the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the Gaborone Campus. She has participated in the 2017 De Beers Shining Light Awards. She is also a former Deputy Minister of Gender and Social Welfarefor the Botho University Student Representative Council, and sat in the 2014/2015 cabinet. Kariambahe is a member of the International Youth Fellowship Organization (IYF). “With immense interest in Gemology Studies, I always wanted to further my studies to be a gemologist and having received this scholarship means that I one step closer to achieving my dreams,” Kariambahe said.
She added that the scholarship would benefit not only her as an individual, but the nation as a whole, as Botswana, a diamond producing country, needs gemologists.
Botho University signs MOU with Basic Education ministry
Botho University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Basic Education aimed at making further contributions to basic education in the country. Honorable Minister Dr. Unity Dow was present at the signing.
“As a university we see the need to nurture and mold the students who end up enrolling with us. Our interest in them emanates from the fact that quality is one of our pillars. We want to strengthen their learning ability from the grassroot levels. We want students with the right learning attitude, who will graduate and make a difference in our society. This mindset need be developed from earlier days. Hence, we embraced and appreciate the Adopt a School initiative that the ministry has put in place,” Mr Ravi Srinivasan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor& Director Internationalization & Communications said on the day.
The relationship between Botho University and the Ministry of Basic Education started when the university took part in the UNICEF 50 Minutes with Children in 2016. A Botho University team identified a need to assist the Kubung community and grabbed the opportunity to help the Kubung Primary School. One of the projects that Botho University engaged in was the designing of the Kubung Primary School logo by a Botho University student. One of the objectives of adopting KPS was to improve the Standard 7 results from 2018 to 2020.The plan was to focus on the class that will be in Standard 5 in 2018, until they complete Standard 7 in 2020. Kubung Primary School Standard 7 results improved tremendously in 2017 achieving the ministry’s set target of 80% pass rate. Botho University would like to assist the school to improve further and maintain the good results in the next 3 years. As stipulated in the MOU, the university also wants to train staff on ICT skills to enhance delivery of the curriculum.
BU Awarded for Excellence and Innovation
Botho University has won a PMR.africa Award for higher education/tertiary institutions in Botswana, based on a survey conducted July and August 2017. BU was rated the highest, based on perceptions of the respondents, corporate and senior government officials based in Botswana
The category was judged based on companies and institutions that have done the most to enhance the economic growth and development of Botswana showing the following: levels of managerial expertise, implementation of corporate governance, brand awareness and levels of innovation.
The purpose of the awards is to celebrate excellence. Through the awards, PMR seeks to acknowledge and set a benchmark for others to aspire to. PMR.africa is also creating an opportunity for companies and institutions to be recognized for all their hard work.
BU LESOTHO WINNER AT SADC AWARDS
Botho University Lesotho is a winner of a 2018 SADC Quality Award. The Maseru campus won the Service of the Year – Small and Medium Enterprise Category Three award.
“BU is excited to have won the SADC Quality Award 2018. Recognition of our quest for maintaining standards and quality from a regional body such as SADC means a lot to us. Botho University strives to be the university of choice in the regional and international market while implementing quality management systems,and for us to be recognized for such, is a humbling experience,” GolekanyeSetume, Deputy PRO Vice Chancellor - Communications, Botho University said.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage SADC businesses, private and public sector institutions to implement standards and quality procedures in their operations. Companies are recognized for having robust quality management systems that have demonstrably contributed to the growth of their businesses.
BOTHO UNIVERSITY SHOWCASES DIVERSE PROGRAMMES AT THE BHRDS FAIR 2018
Botho University came and impressed once again at the recently ended BHRDS 2018 fair proving to be one of the best Tertiary institutions in Botswana.
The BU stall which attracted hundreds of applicants provided new technology solutions on the application process and made it easier for prospective students to apply. The ever vibrant staff and student ushers assisted the new applicants by ensuring that the programs they enrolled for matched their passion, qualifications as well as the need to become graduates with skills needed for future jobs. The University still highlighted the tag line “Future Skills for Future Jobs” at the recently ended fair ensuring that the new strategy is visible. Through the display of programmes at the fair, Botho University highlighted programs that are still new in the market including Jewellery Design management and Mobile Computing. The University strived to demonstrate on site the practical programmes to prospective students.
BU engaged current students from the different faculties, to share their BU experience with prospective students which proved to be a good strategy as students gained interested in the programmes. The Faculty of Hospitality and Sustainable Tourism also impressed with a display of their products and services at the Fair. Although BU has made major progress towards increasing access to education at the fair and increasing enrolment rates, BU seeks to continue producing well rounded ,entrepreneurial and globally employable graduates with the attitude ,knowledge ,skills and competencies to create value and drive productivity increases needed to catalyze sustainable economic growth.
eLAB BENEFICIARIES MAKE IT TO THE TEF-EP
The Botho University Entrepreneurship Lab (eLab) is proud to announce that two of its beneficiaries, Edmore Jackson and Thabisang Letsamao, have made it to the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Program (TEF-EP). Edmore Jackson is the 2017 eLab Resident Entrepreneur while Thabisang Letsamao, though not a Resident Entrepreneur, has benefitted from regular attendance to eLab activities. Letsamao has previously unsuccessfully applied to the residency but did not let this deter him from benefitting from the eLab.
The eLab hosted the TEF-EP Application Clinics to encourage eLab Residents and other interested students to apply to the Africa-wide entrepreneurship program. The eLab also shared adverts to encourage students and alumni to apply. Among the many who applied through the eLab, Jackson and Letsamao were successful. Click here to find out how the eLab has contributed to the entrepreneurial journey of the two gentlemen.
The eLab is an initiative run by the University’s Students and Alumni Affairs Department to accelerate and foster the entrepreneurial experience outside of the classroom and into the community. You can read more about the eLab here.
In fostering entrepreneurial experience, the eLab brings opportunities such as the TEF-EP to interested students and alumni. The TEF-EP was launched in 2015 and is the largest African philanthropic initiative devoted to empowering 10 000 African entrepreneurs, to creating a million jobs and adding $10 billion in revenue to Africa’s economy. To benefit from this program, be on the lookout for the next opportunity by visiting their website and by following eLab activities shared on the Blackboard and Facebook platforms.
Contact the Students & Alumni Affairs Department to get closer to your dream of becoming an innovator who contributes to Botswana’s economy.
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Botho University Athletics Team impresses at the LUCSA Games
The BU Athletics team had a successful start to the just ended Lesotho Universities & Colleges Sports Association (LUCSA) games at Setsoto Stadium. Fifteen (15) athletes clinched nineteen (19) medals as follows; 12 Bronze medals, 6 Silver medals and 1 Gold medal with this newly established club. These games proved to be a catalyst for renewed spirit and international sport legacy, as the teams would continue the journey from here .Those selected into the National team have to maintain their stamina by training hard to be successful in the upcoming games .The games will once again receive the spotlight at the African region games in Botswana, scheduled for June.
The breakdown of the games is as follows:
Track Running & Relay
Makang Kang 1500 Meters (Male)
Chopho Chopho 100 Meters Relay (Male)
Letsoako Moleleki 1500 Meters (Male)
Maphephe Maphotsa 100 Meters Relay (Male)
Katiso Tsoho 100 Meters (Male)
Lehlohonolo Kantoro 100 Meters Relay (Male)
Nthaba Moseneke 100 Meters Relay (Male)
Jacob Mahlatsi 400 Meters Relay (Male)
Letsoako Moleleki 800 Meters & 400 Meters Relay (Male)
Maphephe Maphotsa 400 Meters Relay (Male)
Reitumetse Mohobo 100 Meters Relay (Female)
Mabataung Moloinyane 100 Meters Relay (Female)
Kamohelo Koma 100 Meters Relay (Female)
Sepalami Phaloane 1500 Meters & 400 Meters Relay (Male)
Mabataung Moloinyane 100 Meters Relay (Female)
Molibeli Shemane 400 Meters Relay (Male)
FRANCISTOWN CAMPUS CONTINUES TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY
As part of their on-going commitment to give back to the community and help the less advantaged, Botho University made various donations to two disadvantaged families in Francistown’s Block 9 location on 26th April 2018. The Francistown campus’s Student Representative Council (SRC) built a standpipe for Daniel Fani and donated food hampers and toiletry to Fani and Shimane Johane.
Giving an overview of the project during the hand-over ceremony, Francistown campus Assistant Manager, Moses Poloko revealed that Botho have adopted the presidential initiative of helping those in need within our communities. Poloko explained the donation was also in keeping with Botho’s proud history of contributing to the community. “We did not start today, we have been donating books to brigades, food hampers to SOS, Lephoi centre and other organizations,” he highlighted, adding that the University often gives teaching sessions to junior schools in Francistown and surrounding areas.
“We also contribute to sport, as we often give Francistown teams a platform to practice in our sports grounds for free,” said Poloko.
For his part, area councilor, Gaone Majere applauded Botho University for their desire to help and support those in need.
He described Botho as ‘a virtue in Botswana’, calling the donation a symbol of that. “I’m proud to say that this school, unlike others, is not here to make profit only; they give back to the community,” Majere praised.
The beneficiaries, who both broke down in tears of joy, said they were very grateful for the donation and wished the students well in their studies.
Councillor Majere giving a vote of thanks. Left (Francistown South MP Mr Wynter Mmolotsi; Right –Botho University Francistown Deputy Centre Manager Ms Sylvia Buzwani)