High Flyer student Yohan Jeong receives her Excellence Certificate from Limkokwing University Management
Mercy Rebaone Thebe, Limkokwing University Regional Director – Corporate & Media Relations, has encouraged students to make libraries their second home.
Speaking at Nanogang junior Secondary School (JSS) Academic Excellence Awards celebrations in Gaborone recently, Thebe said throughout her academic journey, she made Libraries her second home, and made books, journals and magazines her life.
The theme for the academic excellence celebration awards was
“Awarding Academic Excellence; Key to An Educated & Informed Nation”.
Thebe observed that through education one can lay a foundation for the profession as well as future as education opens and broadens the mind to many life opportunities.
On the other hand she said teaching is full of many responsibilities and challenges. “Like most worthwhile professions, as much as it bring challenges its rewards are so worthy and in most cases, life changing.”
Thebe celebrated the level of commitment displayed by the Nanogang JSS teachers saying it is amply evinced by many due to the school’s outstanding academic performance.
She told students that they are the instruments in education. “As a student, your role in education is to be active participants rather than passive recipients. It is also very important for you to prepare accordingly ahead of your lessons and participate in class activities.”
Nanogang teachers produced good results last year with 95.4% quality Pass rate. Thebe said this was realized because of working together as a team. “This is indeed commendable and is what Botswana needs in order to be An Educated and Informed Nation by the year 2016,”she said.
Thebe encouraged students through a personal testimony. In part she said, “When I went abroad in 2001 at Limkokwing University in Malaysia for my tertiary education, I was in classes and lectures with students from over 160 countries who were from advanced education systems around the world, and through my love for reading, I graduated top of everyone.”
Today, Thebe works for the very same University she studied at, and it has established worldwide recognition through its innovative brand of creative education merging the best of east and west education.
“Just like most of here this afternoon, it has always been my personal motto, NEVER to settle for second best in anything, but to aim to be the best among the rest in anything that I do. This motto together with my hard work, dedication, commitment as well as the passion for excellence and quality work and results have seen me excelling through my academic and professional life.”
Limkokwing University is an international University with a global presence across 3 continents being Africa, Asia & Europe. The university is named after the Founder and President Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato Sri Paduka Dr. Lim Kok Wing and has over 30,000 students coming from more than 160 countries, studying in its 12 campuses in Botswana, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lesotho, Malaysia, Swaziland, Sanaa and United Kingdom.
Thebe observed that the responsibility of education is to prepare the next generation that possess the dexterity and agility to manage a world that is fast evolving. This requires creating opportunities for students to discover what lies within them.
To cap her speech at the Academic Excellence Celebration, The concluded by announcing that Limkokwing University of Creative Technology found it fit to donate specialized equipment worth a whopping P10 000.00.
High Commissioner of the Federal Government of Nigeria to Botswana, His Excellency Umar Zainab Salisu, has challenged President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi to move swiftly and lobby Africa’s richest man, Nigerian Billionaire, Aliko Dangote to invest in Botswana.
Speaking during a meeting with President Masisi at Office of President on Thursday Zainab Salisu said Dangote has expressed massive interest in setting up billion dollar industries in Botswana. “We have a lot of investors who wish to come and invest in Botswana , when we look at Botswana we don’t see Botswana itself , but we are lured by its geographic location , being in the centre of Southern Africa presents a good opportunity for strategic penetration into other markets of the region,” said Salisu.
As murder cases and violent incidents involving couples and or lovers continue to be recorded daily, Specially Elected Member of Parliament, Dr Unity Dow has called for more funding of non-governmental organizations and accelerated action from government to come up with laws that could inhibit would-be perpetrators of crimes related to Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Just after Dr Dow had deposited her views on this subject with this reporter, a young man in Molepolole opened fire on a married woman he was having an affair with; and ended her life instantly. While it is this heinous cases that get projected to the public space, the former minister argues that the secrecy culture is keeping other real GBV cases under wraps in many spaces in the country.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said there is GBV all the time in all kinds of places. “We have become accustomed to stories of rapes, marital rapes, defilement of children, beatings and psychological violence and even killings,” she said.
Gender-based violence is a phenomenon deeply rooted in gender inequality, Dow is worried that there is absolutely no social punishment for perpetrators; they will continue to have the same friends, jobs, wives, homes, as before. Yet another factor, she said, is that there is little or no “justice” for victims of GBV.
The renowned activist said justice for GBV victims is not just the jailing of the perpetrator. “Justice for victims means an agile, victim-friendly, accessible (time, money and procedures) and restorative justice system.”
Asked what could be leading to a spike in Gender Based Violence cases or incidents, she observed that there is no one factor to which this spike can be attributed. “The most obvious factor is stress as a result of economic distress and or poverty. Poverty makes one vulnerable and open to compromises that they would otherwise not make. For perpetrators with anger management issues, economic stress leads to lashing out to those closest to them. Another factor is the disintegration of families and family values,” she opined.
According to Dow, no government anywhere in the world is doing enough, period. “We know the places and spaces where women and girls are unsafe. We know the challenges they face in their attempts to exit those spaces and places.” The former Judge of the High Court said GBV undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains shrouded in the culture of silence.
Asked what could be done to arrest GBV cases, Dow said it is critical to involve and fund civil society organizations. She observed that much of the progress done in the area of women’s human rights was during the time when Botswana had strong and funded civil society organizations.
“The funding dried up when Botswana was declared a middle-income country but unfortunately external funding was not replaced by local funding,” she acknowledged.
Further Dow said relevant government institutions must be funded and strengthened.
“Thirdly, create a society in which it is not okay to humiliate, rape, beat or kill women. You create this by responding to GBV the same way we have responded to livestock theft. We need to create agile mechanisms that hear cases quickly and allow for the removal of suspected perpetrators from their homes, work places, boards, committees, etc.”
The former Minister said the much anticipated Inter-Ministerial Task Force on Gender Based Violence will have its work cut out for it. According to Dow, GBV is not just a justice issue, it’s not just a gender issue, but rather an issue that cuts across health, education, labour, economic, housing and politics. “As long as any one believes it is someone else’s problem, we will all have the problem,” she said.
In her view, Dow said every work, educational and other place must have a GBV Policy and/or Code of Conduct. “It is important that we acknowledge that the majority of men are law-abiding. The problem is their silence, in the face of injustice,” she observed.
The State has chosen to ignore intents by kingpins in the P100 billion scandal to sue for a combined P85 million as tables turn against the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) in the matter.
Key players in the matter; the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) and Bank of Botswana (BoB) have eroded the prospects of success following the duo’s institutions’ appearance before parliamentary committees recently.