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Ministry of Basic Education spreads ICT skills education

Keletso Thobega



The Ministry of Basic Education wants to introduce ICT tools to as many government schools across the country as possible. The aim is to produce digitally agile learners who are able to learn and collaborate in the digital world.

Minister of Basic education Bagalatia Arone and Microsoft General Manager Harb Bou Harb recently tested model ICT schools projects scenarios at Borwa Junior Secondary School in Bokaa. The initiative will adopt Microsoft Office 365 Platform called

According to the ministry, the platform will also enable teachers, students and staff to use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, One Note, Teams One Drive, Skype for Business and SharePoint.
“They will also use some educational applications to develop digital skills as well as create learning communities. Students will also be able to access information from personal and school devices.”
Ministry of Basic Education’s Public Relations Officer Gorata Mokalaba told The Midweek Sun that the plan was to pilot with four schools by end of November following the rollout of Microsoft Office 365 in those schools.

“We have managed to set up and trial with Borwa JSS in the Kgatleng Region. Next will be Mmadinare Senior, Shakawe Senior, Mogoditshane Senior, Kang Primary and Kgari Sechele Senior in that order.

“The 16 remaining schools should be done in a period of 6 months to be ready for rollout before the African Innovation Expo to be hosted by Botswana in June – July 2019. The composition of the 20 schools will be 7 primary, 7 junior 6 senior secondary schools to make 20,” she noted.

Mokalaba said that there was no particular criterion used to select the schools, as the process was random. “We randomly selected schools across regions depending on schools’ readiness in terms of infrastructure that includes availability of electricity, Internet connectivity, security and teachers competences in integrating ICT into teaching and learning.” Mokalaba also explained that all the secondary schools have computer labs and subject specific computer laboratories that are fairly resourced.

“The schools are connected to the Government Data Network (GDN) for internet access. Teachers continue to be capacitated in ICT integration in teaching and learning. Internet service providers are also assisting the Ministry with provision of Wi-Fi in the schools. Any development should start with capacity building, therefore teachers have been and continue to be capacitated in order to build their competence to integrate ICT in teaching and learning.”

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FREE AT LAST: LGBTI persons celebrate

Yvonne Mooka



CELEBRATION TIME: The LGBT community celebrated the historic ruling on same sex romance this Tuesday

Thapelo Matshameko, a transgender woman who last year was attacked at Trekkers night club in Gaborone is over the moon about the High Court ruling that overturned a law that criminalised same sex relations.

A trans-woman is a woman who was assigned male at birth. In response to the ruling, she told The Midweek Sun that even though she has had it tough before with people calling her ‘Brazen’ and to stop behaving like a woman, she is now happy that the law recognises that they exist. She said that Batswana are now becoming tolerant towards Lesbians Gays Bisexual Transgender and Intersex persons.

“Recently I went out for dinner with my bae, and I came all the way from my house wearing a dress. People that know me loved it and my boyfriend loved it even more,” she says, adding that the verdict will also help other LGBTI persons that are in the closet to come out.

In a previous interview Metshameko pleaded for assistance from members of the public to help her do a surgery that would make her a complete woman. For Motswakgakala Sithole also known as Motswafere in music circles, the ruling shows that Botswana is one step closer to gay marriages.

“Thank you to all the visible gay people. We take punches for those hiding and those shaming us for being visible and exercising our rights. You guys attended court cases with pride and you have carried us to freedom,” he said.

He also thanked Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO), lawyers in the case, the media, and friends of the LGBTI community for their support. Phio Kenosi who identifies as trans non-binary asexual woma-romantic, (romantically attracted to the feminine essence), was also ecstatic.

“It is obviously showing that we are moving in a new direction that is positive and inclusive towards sexual and gender minority,” he said.

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Wame – a little einstein in the making

Irene Shone




Wame Petit Kangumbe, 12, is an Optometrist in the making.

Kangumbe envisions taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to the next level by inventing something scientific in the future.The standard 7 pupil at Ratsie Setlhako Primary School in Palapye impressed everyone during the BIUST 5th STEM Festival and Research and Innovation Symposium with her sharp answers during the fest.

The little Scientist believes that the entire country should embrace science and do more experiments, to find out more about our physical environment and shed dependency on foreign countries in terms of Science and Engineering.

Her secret to relating with different topics so well, is research and more research. “I like researching. We have Wi-Fi at home, and so I often use my mother’s phone to type different topics and interact with how everything is related. I always prepare for the next lesson through researching,” she said.

She said the poverty in Africa can only be eliminated through STEM. “If everyone could take interest in STEM, we would go further in terms of uplifting the status of our economies as African countries,” she said.

She urged her peers to believe in themselves and be serious about their education. “When you write down your notes in class, make an application of what you want out of them. Everyone’s life is in their own hands,” she advised.

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