The Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST) through its Directorate of Pre-University Academic Programs in collaboration with the Centre for Public Awareness of Science of the Australian National University this week launched a workshop targeting about 100 teachers of science.
The workshop, aimed at capacity building, in respect of Sciences targets teachers interested in Science and Mathematics to impart knowledge to them in that discipline.
The BIUST’s (PUAP) is an initiative established primarily to stir a process of strengthening a Maths and Science student pipeline by stimulating interest in mathematics and science across the pre-tertiary education sector through any ingenious means.
The PUAP has conducted shows as a way of demystifying science and motivating potential Maths and Science learners. To rise to the challenge of engaging the motivated students, teachers require relevant training. The training for the teachers will be interactive and curriculum based and will promote locally available day to day materials and equipment to teach science.
The interactive, curriculum- linked workshop will help teachers discover a huge range of practical science activities they can carry out with low cost or free items. The workshop will give teachers skills and experience doing the science activities, background science knowledge and a detailed workshop booklet.
BIUST among other things was established as a vehicle for science and technology development through research and technology transfer. Through their Pre- University Academic Programs (PUAP) and Australian National University through Centre for Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) they have established a relationship aimed at supporting Botswana’s (Ministry of Education and Skills Development) efforts in dealing with a longstanding Mathematics and Science performance problem in pre- tertiary education.
The relationship leverages on the experience (spurning many years) and success of Centre for Public Awareness in Science which have pioneered international science Centre icons such as the Questacon in Australia.
In an effort to diversify the national economy from a resource based to a knowledge economy, Botswana has recognised the importance of science and technology as engines that drive such economic transformations.
This is highlighted in various national policies such as: The revised National Policy on Education of 1994; The National Human Resource Development Strategy 2009- 2022; The Revised National Policy on Research, Science, Technology and Innovation.
One of the major constraints causing poor performance in mathematics and science in Botswana at pre tertiary levels (foundation to university level studies) has been highlighted as ‘lack of equipment, laboratories and to some extent lack of qualified Mathematics and Science phobia leading to poor performance.
The Australian team conducted a similar training to this one in 2012. The theme of the workshop was Demystifying Mathematics and Science and emphasis was mainly on teaching of practical work with limited resources.
The workshop will also highlight where everyday materials like soft drink bottles, elastic bands and paper can be used for school science activities. The training which started on the 21st in Gaborone will go across the country ending at Kasane on the June 4th.
The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.
The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.
The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.
This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.
Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.