The annual Living and Learning Communities (LLC) awards, which give recognition to students who have shown excellence and development outside the classroom, brought together the UB community at the UB amphitheatre last Friday.
Research has shown that students concentrate more when learning outside the classroom and this is why the Department of Student Welfare shows recognition in developing students’ lives outside classrooms.
The UB Foundation provided P40 000 sponsorship, with companies, like Metropolitan Botswana, also sponsoring the awards with P20 000.
The LLC awards are based on four portfolios: Personal Development, Safety and Security, Academic portfolio and Community outreach portfolio.
In addition to these awards, there were also other awards for talent show performances and sports activity.
The Orackle House of Block 480D was awarded best in Personal Development, The Learning Towers of Block 472 were awarded for best in Safety and Security.
On Academic portfolio, the best was Estate Smart Men of Block 402-415 while the award for Community Outreach was scooped by The Learning Towers from Block 472.
Those who exhibited the best stalls were The Learning Towers, beating Orackle House and The Power House who came second and third place, respectively.
The Learning Towers also scooped the LLC of the Year Award to wrap up their successful night.
On individual awards for the talent show, in the dancing category, Jessica Moffat walked away with the best in dancing award after she made the crowd roar with applause for her rumba dancing.
Second in the category was Sandra Goaitsege, who performed a contemporary R and B dance.
Moffat, a third-year student, displayed great performances on the night and she said that she was happy with her performance. She added that she sees the LLC competition as a step beyond varsity talent show performance but as an exposure to the dancing and choreography industry.
“I did well looking at the fact that I was performing the unfamiliar dance in Botswana but went on and to win the talent show. I was confident I would win this one,” said Moffat.
The outspoken Moffat said she is now thinking of starting a dancing group of her own and encouraged others who wish to participate in LLC talent shows to just be themselves and do things their way no matter the criticism.
Her opponent on the day, who also gave her a run for her money, was none other than Goaitsege, who said that she was disappointed with her performance that night.
“I have never performed in front of a big crowd before and this was my first time. I am a bit shy and I usually dance alone when there is no one watching,” said Goaitsege with a shy smile.
LLC was formed in 2007 by The Department of Student Welfare at UB. In its 7 years of existence, it has aimed to empower students with knowledge of life outside the classroom and to prepare them for employment after graduation.