Thursday, May 19, 2022

Rape convict gains hope through BOCODOL study programmes

Although he is a convict serving a 10-year sentence for rape, Roger Mbongi is a man who will never be derailed from his dreams of success in education. He may have served half of his sentence at the Francistown Prison but he is optimistic of achieving his dream through studying hard.

Last week, as the Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) celebrated its 10 years of existence in Francistown, Mbongi was among the best achievers to be recognized by the institution.

The 34-year-old man from Nswazi told Sunday Standard in an interview that in life people learn from their past mistakes and move on.

“I was charged with rape in 2006 but that never really deterred me from achieving my dream through distance learning because I have always wanted to further my education through distance learning,” he said.

Mbongi added that he finished his studies at the Junior Certificate level but he managed to better his studies by engaging through distance learning and he will be sitting for the BGSCE examination this year.

He said that although he was convicted, BOCODOL brought a ray of hope in life and he never really lost confidence in himself as he wants to end up obtaining a qualification in carpentry because it is his passion.

“Although I have already served part of my sentence, I believe that I have to appeal my case because I believe the charge was unfair,” he said.

Mbongi stressed that although life is full of uncertainties, one has to believe in himself to acquire his dreams no matter how hard times may be.

BOCODOL last week in Francistown spiced its celebrations by awarding best performers who have engaged through the college by awarding them with prizes.

Such honorees included students who completed their Junior Certificates, BGCSE and those who were furthering their studies in certificates and Diploma programmes.

Prison inmates also have access to BOCODOL programmes and they have sponsorship programme.


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