The newly opened university, Limkokwing University, this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Junior Achievement Botswana (JAB).
Speaking on behalf of JAB, Tshidi Tlhong, its Executive Director, stated that the partnership opened new and great avenues for the continued growth and prosperity for both organizations. She said that through this partnership, the two organizations will cooperate in areas of Education and Careers, Technology, Financial Resource Generation and Entrepreneurship Development.
“As visionary leaders, we need to begin with the end in mind. We have to Kazaar, look with the eye of the prophet,” she said.
What they have to think of now, she said, is the future of the students who are already absorbed by the education system, rather than just to wait for that moment to come. She said there is a need to commercialize designs done by the students.
“The commercialization of the products and services would lead to the diversification of the economy through creativity and innovation,” she stated, adding that these students should also be helped to establish their own business while still studying. Tlhong said they can kill two birds with one stone by studying while their products are on the market.
“We have to also think of ways to contribute to our economy,” she said. “The Ministry of Education (MoE) is doing its best to educate its partners but also needs partners to diversify the economy through what the students have learnt in the system.” She applauded young achievers for the work well done saying some are even better than the SMMEs. She urged Design & Technology teachers in Junior Schools to encourage their students to continue with their designs even after exams. “These students should be groomed so as to be big,” she stressed.
Tlhong highlighted that JAB is crystallizing Achievers Network headed by University of Botswana law student, Claudinah Gabanakemo, who is this programme’s president.
Limkokwing President, Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato, emphasized that they are going to do all they can to support JAB in opening avenues in educating young people in new information and creative technology. He said it was now time to recognize talent as talent is important for the transformation of this country.
“These students should be developed, supported, given motivation and inspired so that they can do the best. There is so much that we can learn from them,” he said.
He urged JAB to open their annual competition to other African countries saying he would be pleased to sponsor it. He also promised to bring Malaysian Young Achievers to work with Botswana Young Achievers so as to encourage the sharing of ideas of how things are done.
Botswana, he said, could be an Educational Hub since its government is very committed to education. He said this country has the capacity to innovate and design, hence can be able to create services for the rest of Africa. “Batswana should focus on value added service that can be exported to the rest of Africa.” He said it was high time Africa created the world’s largest creative industry since the world’s famous creative artists are from here and are the most popular worldwide.