BU EDUCATION AND DISTANCE LEARNING FACULTY HOSTS NATIONAL RESEARCH CONFERENCE

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BU Education and Distance Learning Faculty Hosts National Research Conference

On the 17th of June Botho University's Faculty of Education and Distance Learning hosted its first National Research Conference. The one-day research conference focused on the theme, "Rethinking, Transforming and Changing Education in the 21st Century." It was a huge success as it managed to enlighten the education fraternity by bringing together national educators in a forum for intense debate about how education can be revamped to meet the needs of the nation, students, educators, and the global community while still falling in line with Vision 2016 and the Millennium Development Goals.

The conference was well attended by representatives from various local institutions including the University of Botswana, Botswana College of Open and Distance Learning, Imperial School of Business and Science, Ba-Isago University College, New Era College, Gaborone Technical College and Botswana College of Agriculture, among others.

Participants agreed that more forums of this kind are needed to bring together educators and the need for collaboration was indeed emphasised by Keynote speaker Prof. S. Tichapondwa Modesto from BOCODOL. For her part, UB's Prof. Rebecca Lekoko emphasised the need to transform Botswana's education system and reinforced the need for everybody to take responsibility for the nation's future.

The conference was an initiative by the Faculty of Education & Distance Learning intended to promote research skills within Botho University and in Botswana as a whole. It provided a platform for peer-learning and networking, and a conducive environment for researchers to engage on hot issues related to education in a friendly and professional manner. It also gave our Master of Education in Higher Education students an opportunity to showcase their work.