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Borwa JSS Wellness Day drills students on life skills

Multitudes of students thronged the Borwa Junior Secondary School hall to be equipped with life skills that could help them prioritise their education over drugs, teenage pregnancy, early sexual life and other social ills.

Various speakers at the well Day event held at Bokaa cautioned students against engaging in activities that could jeopardize their future. The Wellness Day was held under the theme – Curbing drug indulgence through life skills. The school had invited various personalities to make presentations to the students and coach them.

Director, Curriculum Development, Mr Leonard Mutheto who was guest speaker on the day spoke at length about promoting positive attributes in leaners. He observed that Borwa JSS decision to host a Wellness Day demonstrate a positive Vision on the part of the school despite being faced with the challenge of students who are engaged in drugs and are falling pregnant at a young age.

He appreciated that the school was doing something to address the problem. Mutheto told students to choose their friends carefully because in most cases they are a reflection of who they are. He encouraged students to ensure that focus on their education in order to prepare for a better future. He said teachers and parents must work together to shape the future of the learners.

Deputy School Head, Ms Caroline Muchengwa had earlier indicated that her school was trying it6s best to be among the best performing schools. She said they were on position two in the last Junior Certificate results albeit with a quality pass of 40 percent.  She indicated that they are working hard to improve on their quality pass, something that was echoed by Mr Benjamin Radimo, who had shared that the Wellness Day is aimed at imparting the learners with life skills to ensure that they body and mind is focused on their education.

He was explaining the objectives of the Wellness Day, which also aims to expose students to various personalities outside school for purposes of grooming. Bonnie Kamona, Miss Botswana 2016 – 1st Princess motivated students urging to believe in who they are and avoid practices such as drug abuse which could terminate their school life and future prematurely.

Presenting on the topic – Transforming students outlook positively towards the media, Mr Aubrey Lute , Editor of the Weekend Post urged students choose their priorities right and focus on their education. He pointed out that drug use and other disturbing social ills were a major concern in schools. Speaking to the topic of the media he said the social media wave has forced the role of traditional media to change dramatically in the age of the internet.

Lute observed that today’s average student is more inclined towards leisure or entertainment rather than serious issues. He pointed out that “the world is not only looking for entertainers; there is more to life than entertainment!”. He said while generally students are not big customers of mainstream reading (serious newspapers) and attention listening (serious radio stations), today’s leaner must move from their comfort zone of watching soapies, movies, and reality television and mix them with more serious content such as current affairs, health, business etc.

While students’ relationship with social media is controversial in some instances because of the type of usage leaners adopt, Lute said it is important for parents and teachers to allow their children to access social media for academic purposes.

What role learners should play?

“n You must be responsible readers and listeners. Do not just glance at the headlines or capture the news headlines without appreciating the content and context. Most newspapers carry very educational pieces some of which can be relevant to the curriculum. Teachers at times borrow on such articles to enhance their teaching methods in classrooms hence learners must shift focus and use the media more constructively,” said Lute.

He said leaners must actively engage the media, mainstream and social, so that they improve their intellect, education, and creative value. But reading and engaging the media learning are giving themselves a chance to learn new things every day. They are in a position to gauge the country’s progress on many indices such as the economy, crime, democracy, among other indices.

Lute said social media can be a useful educational resource.

“Students should be encouraged to use social media to read serious content, (it usually directs to mainstream website with useful content that can shape the academic life of a student). But a word of caution is that students need a dedicated system at home and at school for them to use social media effectively. Parents and educators must introduce the subject of social media early so as to guide students in the right direction.

They must demonstrate how social media can be used for educational purposes. Educators and parents must show students the negative consequences of using social media inappropriately.”

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Botswana approves extradition of British fugitive

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Raiz Ahmed Tayub, a British fugitive sought by Interpol for his involvement in human trafficking and slave trade crimes, was captured by the Botswana Police Service (BPS) earlier this year.

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Malawi appeals for help over Cyclone Freddy at PAP

17th March 2023

As of yesterday evening, the death toll from the Cyclone in Malawi had risen from the initially reported 190 to 225 in a short period of time, over 20 000 people have been displaced, and the worst of fears are yet to come as the fatalities continue to mount. This was reported by a Malawi Member of Parliament attending the Pan African Parliament session in Midrand, South Africa, Hon Steven Mikiya.

Mikiya was giving a statement on behalf of Malawi as the ongoing Pan African Parliament in South Africa.

Mikiya said the Cyclone has wreaked the most havoc in our country’s Southern Region. “The Southern Region, has been hardest hit with widespread heavy rains and strong winds. This caused a rapid rise in water levels and subsequent flooding. Meanwhile, power supply has been disrupted, roads blocked off and rendered impassable and mudslides have also been widely reported,” he said.

He made a special appeal to the PAP:  “Where I come from, there is a parable which I would like to share with you which says, “mzako weniweni umamudziwa panthawi ya mavuto.” Simply put, a friend in need is a friend indeed or put loosely, a person who helps at a difficult time is a friend you can rely on.”

Mikiya continued: “Yes! Misfortune has knocked on our door and left in its wake a trail of death and destruction that may take years to fully recover from. However, amidst these difficulties, I have every reason to believe that sometimes when you are in a dark place and think you have been buried, you have actually been planted. My belief, Mr. President, arises out of my faith in this gathering and out of the conviction that it is not coincidental that Cyclone Freddy hit Malawi and Mozambique while the delegations of both countries are here.”

According to Mikiya, the level of destruction, the loss of life, property and the decimation of the entire fabric of established communities has been unprecedented. He noted that all this, is coming at a time when Malawi was starting to show signs of recovery from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic that also came hard on the heels of Cyclone Ana and Cyclone Gombe that left a similar trail of devastation and destruction in Malawi and neighbouring countries.

As of Sunday, this week, from the 12th of March, Malawi and Mozambique have been facing the devastating effects of Cyclone Freddy that made a landfall over Mozambique on Saturday the 11th and reached Malawi by Sunday the 12th of March.

The Malawi legislator said he has absolute faith in the Pan African Parliament, which he described as “a league of nations brought together by a shared ancestry, history, identity as well as our beloved continent which we inhabit”.

Meanwhile, Malawi President, Lazarus Chakwera, has declared a State of Disaster in the affected areas effectively appealing for local and international support for the affected families.

Mikiya appealed to the Pan African Parliament drawing “positive” inspiration from Europe which rallied around Turkey after the destructive earthquakes to bring the much-needed relief and humanitarian aid to the people of Turkey.

He said Africa should demonstrate to the world that the African Union and its Organs are not mere talk shows, but effective institutions which stand up when it matters most.

“Alone, it may take us a lifetime to fully recover, but together, in the Pan-Africanist spirit of Ubuntu, our lives and livelihoods will return to a semblance of normality in record time. This is the time to live by our operative mantra, “One Africa, One Voice.” Mikiya concluded.

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