Library capacity building

Under the theme Setting the gear for excellence, Botho University is celebrating 20 years of existence by engaging in various activities that reach out to stakeholders and communities in Botswana and Lesotho.

One of these activities is library capacity building in 20 schools, including primary and secondary. This involves donating books and other learning materials, enhancing the physical library space, and imparting basic managerial and operational skills to Library personnel. The capacity building is Botho University’s contribution towards improved Standard 7 results and cultivating a culture of reading among pupils from a young age.

The Gaborone campus started the initiative in the final week of August 2017, visiting West Hanahai in Ghanzi region on the 22nd; Phuduhudu in Hukuntsi-Kang region on the 23rd and Nhake in Tsabong region on the 24th.

Ministry of Basic Education (MOBE) representatives from the 3 regions were present at all the schools to witness the event. Dikgosi (village headmen) graced the event in West Hanahai and Phuduhudu. Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) chairpersons and their deputies, Village Development Committee (VDC) chairpersons and assistants, and parents also attended.

In her message to the schools, Ms Kate Nkoko said, “Botho University has a mandate to contribute to community social change by any means that is relevant. The foundation and focus of the University is to educate and help shape characteristics of a learner into an all round knowledgeable professional, whom the community defines as having Botho.”

Donations of storybooks, curriculum revision textbooks, books covering other subjects, and educational materials such as chess, monopoly, puzzle games and charts were received with gratitude.

MOBE regional officers appreciated the donations, especially the revision texts, saying they came at the right time as September is when revision for Standard 7 exams begins.