Skip to main content

Batswana Youth On "Education" - Kago Boitumelo

Interview conducted by Ms. Nozizwe Ntesang, hearing the views of young Batswana on Education in their country (Botswana).

My name is Kago Boitumelo, I am a 21 year old Motswana. I am currently at University of Botswana studying BSc (Computing with Finance). I have attended 'private' schools from primary school through to secondary school.

How would you describe the education system in Botswana?

The education system in Botswana is pretty straightforward. Firstly, its primary school for seven years where upon completion you get a Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) certificate. Next you have Junior Secondary school for 3 years and you write a Junior Certificate Examination in order for to determine if you move on to Senior Secondary school which then lasts for 2 years. After that, its tertiary school and that goes on for as long as you want really, in which the government can sponsor you.

As a young person, how has the aforementioned system benefited you? If not, please elaborate.

The education system has benefited me in that it has paid for all four years of my education at UB (University of Botswana) also providing a book allowance and a living allowance.

If any improvements are needed, what are they? How do you suggest the youth can implement them?

In terms of improvements, I would like it if there was more variety in terms of the courses we could take at tertiary level, something innovative and cutting edge, you know.
Also, focus on professions and what students want to be, should be given more attention. We should avoid a situation where a student cannot choose a certain career path because she/he did not choose the right subjects to study when in secondary school.
Another improvement is to have avoid having under-appreciated and demotivated teachers. They are an important and respectable part of our society and should be treated as such.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of IGNITE THE YOUTH are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the entire society of IGNITE THE YOUTH.


Popular posts from this blog

Call For African Youth Activists

What is an “Ignite Activist”? ­ An Ignite Activist is a high powered​ and ambitious young African individual. They are patriotic about their own country and the African continent as a whole. They are keen to speak out, share their opinions or experiences, and are always ready to defend the well-being of the African Youth! As vocal youth activists, they strive to not only lead the conversation on African Youth, but to ignite young Africans into Change-makers!
About Our Youth Activism Program ­ For a period of up to 6 months, corresponding youth activists will be engaged under the leadership and guidance of our International Panel. While there will be a formal set of activities, youth activists will have the liberty to call upon fellow members towards a particular cause, post and share articles or video messages to make themselves and their views heard! After 6 months of voluntary service, these members will be accorded with Alumni status and receive adequate recognition for their selfle…

Bisharo Ali Hussein (Somalia) - African Youth Role Model Series

Bisharo Ali Hussein is a Kenyan-Somali activist and outspoken champion for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality in Somalia. She channels her activism through her career as a Protection Officer for the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) in Galkayo, Somalia and also served as an African Youth Activist of Ignite The Youth from 2015 to 2016. As an Ignite The Youth activist she shared on the youth experiences of conflict in her country and “Ensuring Access to Education for all”. Her most spirited campaigns however were part of her Women’s Rights agenda; which focused on demanding an end to Female Genital Mutilation and early marriage, and her advocacy for Gender Equality; arguing for gender-biased inheritance laws to change. Bisharo is currently pursuing her Postgraduate Diploma in ‘International Gender Studies’ at the University of Iceland.
Almost 2 years after serving as a corresponding activist for Ignite The Youth, Bisharo insists that Somali women remain one of the most vulnerable groups in…

The African Youth Commission [PROFILE]

"From Internet Community to One Governed by a Constitution"
The African Youth Commission (AYC) was founded in November 2013, as the African Union Youth Working Group (AUYWG), at a Youth Consultation on Agenda 2063 in Tunis,Tunisia. From 2013 to 2015 the AUYWG collaborated via an active mailing list, for the 2 years of online interaction the network invited numerous African Youth Leaders in the continent and diaspora. The working group later changed into a Commission as the cause of the network evolved by consensus to create a youth mirror to the African Union Commission. 
"The main objective of establishing the Commission is to organize all young people in Africa and support the work of African youth, Youth structures (Pan African Youth Union & Youth Division of the African Union Commission) in their quest to effective service delivery and advocacy activities on the African Youth Charter..." - AYC
At this point the Commission proceeded to draft its o…