Following the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by Botswana and Seychelles in September 2015, Botswana has sent 19 teachers to Seychelles who will take up employment on a two year contract.
The batch of 19 teachers is expected to arrive today (Sunday) in the Indian Ocean Island while the remaining 13 teachers will arrive on February 17th.
Claude Morel, the High Commissioner of Seychelles to Botswana jetted into Gaborone Thursday to witness the event. Morel applauded the relation that exists between the two countries. He also praised the MoU that was signed in September 2015 as evidence of the cordial relation that exists between Seychelles and the SADC region.
Education Minister Unity Dow spoke glowingly about the caliber of teachers being sent to the Indian Ocean Island saying they were “highly qualified”.
Seychelles is currently experiencing a backlog of teachers who are waiting to complete their advance studies in various fields of teaching. Seychelles and Botswana use English as a medium of instruction and have for the past few years had close cooperation in the education sector with a number of Seychellois students being trained in Botswana. Currently it is reported that there are 20 Seychellois already following first degree courses at the University of Botswana in various disciplines such as Mathematics, English and Social Sciences.
Present at the ceremony were senior officials from various departments including Foreign Affairs and Education.
In August last year, Botswana’s Minister of Education and Skills Development, Unity Dow and the Vice President of Seychelles Danny Faure met on the sidelines of the annual SADC’s 35th summit held on August 17-18 in Gaborone, Botswana, where Vice President Faure was representing President James Michel.