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Gakgatla Service Day

Botho University  through  Botho University Community Outreach Club (BCOC) and the Student and Alumni Affairs Department (SAAD) embarked on a Community Project on Saturday 17th June 2017 at Gakgatla Village – Kweneng District. The intention was to contribute towards the Botho University’s aspirations of ‘being a leading driver for positive social change. The event was graced by area MP Hon Minister Mr Tshenolo Mabeo and the youth at Gakatla village.

Also present: Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture (MYSC) Products and Services Behavior Change Youth Development Fund, Library Services for People with Disabilities and Junior Chambers Botswana.

The goal of this project was to empower the community of Gakgatla by affording them platform to create awareness on available services offered by different organisations in an effort to socially and economically empower different communities of the country. The primary target of the “All Services Fair” is the youth who are the largest constituency of the population. The target includes the lowest income populations, particularly the vulnerable women and children who are affected by the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. Orphans and their caretakers formed the core of the target participants. The project will encourage community members to take advantage of the available services offered by the government, the Non-Governmental Organizations and the Private Sector. They Kgosi, elders, Village Development Committee, Police Officers, Nurses, Social Workers and Youth were also present at the event.

 

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Botho University wins big at ptia varsity league awards

28th June 2017 was an evening of celebrations at Botho University Hall. The 1st Varsity Soccer League ended on the 2nd June 2017 at Lekidi Ground with Botho University snagging the championship. The participating teams included: ABM University College, Imperial School of Business, GUC, Limkokwing University, GIPS, Boitekanelo College and Botho University.

Mr Keorapetse Setlhare opened the award ceremony, reflecting on this season’s milestones and future plans. He noted that, “The purpose of the awards was to appreciate and celebrate the effort of everyone who played a role in ensuring that the league runs smoothly until the end. More importantly, to give the students a platform to be recruited by the premier league and 1st Division teams.”

Botho University Soccer's star duo were the big winners on the night of the 1st PTIA Varsity Soccer League Awards. Onalenna Gaborone walked away with the Goalkeeper of the Season award, with a prize of P500. The player picked up couple of accolades, as well as being selected to be part of the PTIA Varsity 11 team to play friendly games against the premier league teams.

Botho University head coach, Thapelo Motsamai, walked away with the Varsity League Coach of the Season award after leading the club to their first ever Varsity League top 4 title and the position of runner-ups in the League. Highlights of the night included the announcement of the best 11 players from the Varsity League to play for the Varsity 11 team: our students’ Steward (Best Striker), Obakeng Mokoto (Best Defender), Onalenna Gaborone, (Best Goalkeeper), Thabo Mhlanga (Best Middle Fielder)and Mmoloki Kenaope (Best Left Back).

Bokang Tsholang (GUC Student) walked away with the Varsity League Golden Boot award with 13 goals in six games.The Award for the Best Player of the Season was won by Oarabile Mangole (GIPS Student) with a prize of P1000. The Media Houses were also winners on the night, with BTV winning Best Electronic Media Award, Yarona FM Gold Media Award, Killa Pass Best Social Media Award, and Mr Leatile Mmutle from Duma FM walking away with the award for the Best Sports Journalist of the Year.

The evening ended with the announcement of 2017’s Best Team of the Season, marking the third award for Botho University. “The award stands as a testament to the institution’s dominance of tertiary sports,” said Botho University Coach Thapelo Motsumi upon receiving the award.

To wrap-up the event, Botho University Ballroom Club performed with dazzling moves, stealing the show in an unmatched experience. The audience was treated to thrilling dances, spine-tingling vocalisms and rhyming which filled the majestic Otse Multi-purpose Hall.

 

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Botho University takes the 1st varsity cup

On the 2nd June 2017, from 0800hrs-0900hrs, Lekidi Ground was the center stage for the 1st Varsity Cup tournament, which featured the following teams: Botho University, ABM University, GIPS, and Boitekanelo College.

Botho University played the opening game against ABM College, winning 4-1, and sailed through to the finals to play against Boitekanelo College, wrapping up by winning 3-1.The team scooped gold medals, the rolling trophy, and Dlala sportswear kits as part of the package.

The BU team also performed extremely well in the Varsity League, becoming the runner-up as they qualified for the Top 4 Tournament. The Varsity League, as the brainchild of PTIA, benefits all the private institutions. Its objective is to avoid the loss of talent which usually occurs when high school athletes move to tertiary institutions. We are very proud to note that the League paved the way for these youngsters to be scouted by the premier league and first division teams.

The performance of the team was attributed to the overwhelming support from the institution’s management, which is devoted to the development of sports. Mr Tumo Mooka, the sports officer, congratulated the team and hailed the tournament as a success. “I am so impressed that the Varsity League and the Top 4 Tournament benefited our athletes, including multi-media students, as they were fully engaged through the tournament to provide media coverage,” he said. “It gave them a platform to get more experience related to their course.”

PTIA also organized a workshop for the players and technical staff which covered anti-doping issues, injuries, and personal branding.

Botho University has shown great support of sports, as evidenced by the performance of our teams in all major activities from different affiliates such as BOTESSA, PTIA, and BRU, among others.

 

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Botho University celebrates class of 2017 graduation in style

Today, Botho University celebrated a milestone achievement by the Class of 2017. This occasion was further edified by the University’s 20th year anniversary celebration. The ceremony was graced by the Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education Research Science and Technology; Mr.Fidelis Molao, amongst the thousands of parents who gathered to wish the students well on this important day.

In welcoming the guests, Mr. Ananth Ram expressed that graduations are a time of joy and celebration, of new beginnings as well as moments of critical choices. He welcomed the friends and families who came to celebrate the hard work and success of their graduates and went on further to proudly assure the employers, invited guests and representatives of different organizations in the ceremony that the graduates are educated around the fundamental Botho Graduate Profile; to be Knowledgeable, Hardworking, Entrepreneurial, Scholarly and Socially Responsible graduates.He urged the employers to open their doors to these graduates and provide them an opportunity to display their knowledge skills and competencies and to learn more of the industry expectations.

In addressing the students Mr. Ananth said, “the world before you is full of choices and I pray that with the support of family, friends and your university you will make the choices that will enable you to achieve professional, financial and emotional success.

Speaking in his keynote address Assistant Minister of EducationMr. Fidelis Molao said “the graduation is made more special by the fact that Botho University is celebrating 20 Years of existence”. He further elaborated by congratulating the University for the outstanding 20 years of an exceptional story of transformation from a single discipline institution to becoming a multi-disciplinary university, which today enrolls around 5000 students across their Campuses in Gaborone, Francistown, Maun and Maseru.

The Assistant Minister went on to commend the University for demonstrating a clear commitment to providing quality education. This ismade evidentby their extensive investment in Infrastructure,systems,staff development and other quality initiatives that the university engages in to ensure National and International academic standards. This is all in the effort to produce well-rounded, employable graduates for the global market.

The Assistant Minister congratulated the graduates and urged them that “With this rich experience from Botho University, as graduates you should assist to move Botswana from being a consumer economy to a producing economy”. He went further to say, “Let me congratulate you on the wonderful achievements and wish you all a brighter future as you serve your communities with diligence, commitment and humility”, said Mr. Molao.

 

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BU 20th Anniversary officially Launched

The Botho University 20th Anniversary celebrations kicked off in Gaborone Campus and Maun Campus followed by the Maseru and Francistown Campus. The launch themed “Setting the gear for excellence” was attended by Botho University Staff.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary, Botho University held the launch to share the planned upcoming activities with its staff .During the launch, the University shared its history, growth, past achievements as well as future plans.  The 20th anniversary highlight was the unveiling of the 20th anniversary logo. The logo which was designed by a Botho University student, through a Logo competition held months prior to the launch; depict the success of Botho University over the years. The 20th Anniversary Logo winner Sechaba  Ramabele encouraged students to raise Botho to even greater heights, by setting a standard for them to follow.

The launch gave the BU community the chance to reminisce about beginnings as NIIT and the transition from Botho College to Botho University. The Vice Chancellor offered inspiring words about never giving up on goals and empowering one through furthering studies. She also took the time to remind BU Staff that we are a family, and together we can achieve another 20 years.

Her vision(which has become the BOTHO vision), has culminated in the success story that is Botho University at 20. The BU community aims to realize this vision, and growth which has led to the establishment of a larger presence in Botswana and Lesotho, and in providing world-class education in the developing world.

The launches held in the different Botho University campus were officiated by the Vice Chancellor Dr. Sheela Raja Ram

 

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Botho University Trains Lesotho Mounted Police Service (LMPS) in Basic Excel Skills

As part of its 20th Anniversary celebration activities and in an effort to giving back to the community, Botho University conducted a free Business Skills Training workshop for micro and small business owners. The attendees ranged from airtime vendors, food vendors, and car wash owners to those selling clothes and running hair salons. The trainings aimed at supporting these micro and small business owners on business management skills such as the selection and starting of a business, the legal aspects to be complied, budgeting, recording of transactions of their business, profit and loss calculations and customer care. The workshop conducted by highly qualified lecturers of the Faculty of Business and Accounting at Botho University was highly interactive with suitable real life examples that were easy to understand by all.

The workshop in Gaborone was opened by guest speaker Mr. Kabelo Nkwane, Director, National Branch Network from LEA, who emphasized the importance of small and micro business owners in the mainstream economy. He spelt out the role of organizations such as LEA, CEDA and the government in recognizing vendors and provided details on the extent these organisations have gone to aid small business owners to grow and succeed. During the feedback session of the workshop, all participants were extremely grateful for the opportunity and thanked Botho University for providing them with the basic skills needed to be able to grow their businesses. They committed themselves to utilizing the skills provided during the workshop and were extremely confident of being successful. At the end of the workshop all participants were given certificates of appreciation. Another highlight of the workshops was that all the participants were provided lunch by one of the participant food vendors themselves keeping in line with the spirit of the workshop.

Participants at Botho University’s first international campus in Maseru, Lesotho were very appreciative as nothing like this has ever been done before there. They were very thankful that Botho University saw it fit for them to be trained in order to grow the economy of Lesotho. A follow-up workshop has been requested by all the participants as a way of observing whether the small business owners are utilizing the skills imparted on the day and Botho University is keen to organize the same. 23 small business owners in Gaborone, 20 in Francistown and 31 business owners participated in Maseru, Lesotho. The idea is to eventually train 100 such business owners during the year and Botho University is well on its way to achieving this milestone. 2017 marks 20 years of meaningful contribution to the education sector in Botswana by Botho University and this workshop was a true indicator of how the institution has made education accessible and relevant to the needs of the economy.

 

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Botho University Empowers Micro and Small Business owners

As part of its 20th Anniversary Celebration activities, Botho University engaged in a Vendor Training workshop as a way of giving back to the community.

The workshop organized by the 20th BU Anniversary Celebrations Committee targeted vendors and as a pilot stage all vendors around Game City, Kgale View, Block and Phase 4 were invited to attend the training, on Saturday 8th July 2017.

The training aimed at supporting the vendors in business management skills such as: the selection and starting a business, the legal aspects they need to comply with, budgeting, recording of transactions of their business, profit and loss calculations and customer care. The topics covered pertained to all types of businesses from food sellers, clothes, units, car washers.

The training was facilitated by the Faculty of Business and accounting .A follow up workshop is anticipated as a way of observing whether the vendors are utilizing the skills imparted on the day. The committee also plans on conducting or two more courses in order to reach more local vendors out there.

All participating vendors were given certificates as a signature of their milestone. These certificates could be used as a reference in their daily business life especially if the trainee would like to apply for loans with institutions such as CEDA or the banks, it will give credibility of knowledge and also help build their business profile.

The workshop was attended by a guest speaker from LEA Mr Kabelo Nkwane; Director National Branch Network LEA,who opened the workshop by giving the importance vendors play in the industry and mainstream economy. He spelt out the role of organizations such as LEA, CEDA, Government etc, in recognizing vendors and extend they have gone to aid the vendors to develop.

 

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Litter picking campaign

On the 12th of August 2017, Botho University students embarked on a litter-picking campaignin Tshwaragano Ward, which included Block 9, Block 5, Block 10, Garden View, Block 6 and Molapo Estates. They were joined by the honorable councillor Mr. Gaone Majere, Ipelegeng workers and the VDC s of the above-mentioned areas.

After the litter picking campaign, Deputy Mayor Mr. Godisang Rasesigo addressed the participants. He was very impressed bythe initiative, saying the government spent a lot of money on companies that picked up litter whereas it was the community’sresponsibility to keep the environment clean. He added that, in commemoration of the City of Francistown turning 120 years old, people were encouraged to volunteer 120 minutes of their time to the community, and seeing people engaged in community servicepleased him greatly.

The honorablecouncillor of Tshwaragano Ward, Mr.Majere, was excited that Botho University had embarked on this initiative because they were also a part of TshwaraganoWard, since Botho University is in Block 10. Mr. Majere informed the audience that Botho University had offered the community the use of their sporting facilities for tournaments.Hethanked Botho University for their generosity in providing a wonderful opportunity for the youth to keep themselves busy through sporting activities.

In addition, the University donated 15 dustbins to the people of the ward and offered to install water taps for 3 families who were identified as not having access to water.

 

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Satellite Primary School Library Activity

On the 25th of August 2017, Satellite Primary School lit up with excitement when staff members and the Student Representative Council from Botho University’s Francistown Campus paid the school a visit.

The Francistown Campus donated 30 chairs, 2 tables, revision books, carpets and a wall clock. They then painted the school library. The principal, Mrs. Lore Lungesani, thanked Botho University for everything they did, saying that it meant a lot to the school, especially the children, since a majority of them came from disadvantaged homes. It gave the children hope to see that people were concerned and cared about them. She called Botho University a friend to the school because of the relationship they had begun.

The area councilor of Satellite and Deputy Mayor of Francistown, Mr. Godisang Radisego, also came to Satellite to assist in painting the school library. He was very excited to see Botho University giving back to the community, since Francistown as a city is turning 120 years old and people have been encouraged to give back in whichever way they can.

Mr. Aggrey S. Makhila, the Principal Education Officer, was thrilled at the job that Botho University had done. He thanked the University for choosing Satellite Primary School as the place to come and donate time and resources. He said the items that they had donated to the school were going to help the students a lot. A library was very important, he emphasized, because it was the place where students had access to learning materials that could teach them many things.

Mrs. Neelo Mhaladi, a Librarian at Botho University’s Francistown Campus, empowered the Satellite teachers through a course which gave them the necessary skills to operate the library. As we left Satellite Primary, we promised to return to offer any assistance they might need in the future.

 

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Teaching excellence workshop Aug 2017

On the 22nd - 23rd of August 2017, the Teaching Excellence Department hosted the inaugural Teaching Excellence Workshop for teachers/lecturers (both internal and external).

The workshop, which was officially opened by Mr Simon Cole, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Basic Education, was held under the theme ‘Teaching Quality Enhancement’ and geared towards providing a platform for teachers at various levels to share ideas and knowledge. This theme set the tone for some very fruitful deliberations, with the objective of improving the quality of teaching and learning.

With 85 participants from Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions, there were constructive discussions around various issues which affect the quality of teaching and learning. The deliberations of the workshop were centred on 7 major subjects and various interesting standpoints were made. The following topics were discussed:

  • Outcome Based Education and Training;
  • Effective Discipline Strategies;
  • Stress Management in Teaching;
  • Student Engagement and Motivation;
  • Educational Leadership;
  • Instructional Communication;
  • Instructional Technology.

Attendance featured a mix of public and private schools, mainly in Gaborone, a move that proved beneficial as ideas were exchanged amongst the participants. The workshop concluded with all attendees receiving certificates of attendance and a collective agreement to make it an annual event. Everyone left looking forward to the next workshop.