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F/town residents shun Independence celebrations

Residents of the country’s second largest city and the surrounding villages shunned the 49th Independence celebrations held Wednesday at the newly opened Francistown stadium.

This year’s celebrations, which serve as the prelude to 50th Independence festivities, were expected to attract a lot of residents in Francistown and the surrounding villages to attend the event.

However, it was never to be. The celebrations in Francistown were attended by primary and secondary students – most of them who are members of the Botswana Junior Scouts Association – and performing musical groups.

Public service officers such as the police, prisons, soldiers and district officials were part of the attendance because they were forced to be at the event since duty calls. The scenario left few who attended wondering what could have happened.

Tatitown Customary Court President Kgosi Motlatsi Kediseng expressed his disappointment and attributed the poor attendance to the various Independence festivities organized wards across the second largest city and the surrounding villages.

“From next year, we will ensure that the events at ward level should be stopped. Everyone should be at the stadium to listen to the country’s history,” explained Kgosi Kediseng, adding that a number of youngsters do not understand the country’s history.

Kgosi Kediseng added that the youths are being raised in a different away thanks to the globalization. He said globalization of the world is exposing the youths to a number cultures which are two worlds apart with Setswana way of living.

“It is at events of this nature where the younger generation would appreciate the beauty of the Setswana culture. The youngsters’ appreciation can only happen if the youngsters are appreciating where Botswana is coming from and heading to,” he said.

He added: “Experience is the best teacher in life. But the younger generation cannot learn from the experience they never experienced. So events of this nature will give the younger generation an insight on how the future is likely to be like.”   

For his part, Francistown West Member of Parliament (MP) Ignatius Moswaane urged the organizers of the Independence celebrations in Francistown to completely transform the event in order to attract many people to the stadium.  

“Crowd pullers (in the form of musicians and performers) should be hired in order to attract people to the venue of the celebrations,” said a legislator. He said Independence celebrations are held every year in order to unite people.

Efforts to get a comment from the Francistown District Commissioner (DC) Cordelia Mphape drew a bank as she was not at the event. Her mobile phone was not available at the time of going to press.

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South Korean Embassy aids students living with disabilities

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When talking at the handing over ceremony, Chull-Joo Park, said they agreed with BRCS to give out e-learning equipment to better the training skills of students living with disabilities.

“With the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment and job training skills, we will be able to help the students living with disabilities to do e-learning and to better their education and job training,” said Chull-Joo Park.

It was revealed that the South Korean Embassy approached BRCS with the intent to donate equipment and educational material that includes an embroidery machine, photo copier machine, tablets and interactive boards to be utilized by the trainees.

The industrial printer is a machine that works with embroidery machine to print designs for clothing and it will enable the learners to have more material available to them to facilitate learning.

Through this embroidery machine, students will be exposed to better technologies which ultimately improve the quality of materials they produce. It will also allow students to learn business skills and run profitable ventures.

Smart board gadgets will provide the students with an elevated learning process to be fostered by e-learning. The gadgets provide a more visual element to the learning process, which in turn improves learner mental retention.

Tlamelong Rehabilitation serves the marginalized and underserved less privileged persons living with disability in Botswana. The center offers boarding services, vocational training, social services, physiotherapy and rehabilitation services for young people living disabilities aged 18-35 from across the country over a period of two (2) years per cohort which has a maximum intake capacity of 35. BRCS through International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have managed to create great working synergy with the South Korean Embassy in Pretoria based in South Africa to support or augment the National Society’s Rehabilitation Centre’s learning challenges.

For his part, BRSC Secretary General Kutlwano Mokokomani said they are delighted to convey their gratitude as BRSC to the South Korean Embassy for donation and they look forward to an enduring partnership for such worthy causes.

“South Korean Embassy’s great gesture will enable trainees to thrive, to fulfil their dreams to become a reality as this equipments will go a long way in creating great impact in the lives of trainees and their families. We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to the South Korean Embassy for their noble gesture of donating the E-learning equipments.”

BRCS offers rehabilitation services spread across three (3) areas in Botswana being Sefhare Stimulation center in Sefhare, Tshimologo stimulation center in Francistown and Tlamelong rehabilitation center in Tlokweng.

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