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young Batswana win Japanese scholarships

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OFF TO JAPAN: The new MEXT students who are leaving for Japan in April - Leeme Arthur Baruti flanked by Onameditse Lulu Seaba on the left and Boitumelo Mokoka on the right

Three young Batswana – two females and a male – leave for Japan April 1, 2019 on an educational scholarship to further their studies in their chosen fields.

The three, Boitumelo Mokoka, 23, of Phalane ward in Molepolole; Onameditse Lulu Seaba, 24, from Moremi in Tswapong and Leeme Arthur Baruti, 30, of Serowe – were unveiled by Japanese Ambassador to Botswana Kozo Takeda last Friday during a ‘Friends of Japan’ reception at his residence in Gaborone’s Extension 11 surburb.

In an interview with The Midweek Sun, the three expressed extreme gratiude to the Government of Japan and its Ministry of Education for having selected them for the opportunity to study for Masters at Japanese Universities.

Boitumelo, who did her first Degree in International MBA at the University of Botswana, is going to do her Masters at Waseda University in Tokyo whilst Onameditse, who completed her first Degree at the Palapye-based Botswana International University of Science and Technology, will do her Masters at Kyushu University in the Sukuoka Prefecture.

The only male – Leeme, completed his Bachelors of Science in Environmentsal Health at University of Botswana and will do his Masters at Sophia University in Tokyo. The three told The Midweek Sun that funds and circumstances permitting, they would like to go up to PhD level.

They all promised to assert themselves diligently during their two and half years of study in Japan and to return to their home country upon completion to contribute towards the nation’s economic development.

In a separate interview, Ambassador Takeda said he will work vigorously to increase the number of students being sent to Japan every year. The reception was held in honour of Japanese student alumni and was graced by among other dignitaries, Masiela Mandoze, the Deputy Town Clerk at Jwaneng Town Council.

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Women challenged to step-up food production

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National Development Bank CEO, Lorato Morapedi has challenged women to take up more agribusiness ventures to cut down on the country’s food import bill.
With an annual P7 billion food import bill hanging over the country, Morapedi said women can significantly trim it down. “We need to get out of our comfort zones, let’s open our eyes and seize the opportunities,” said Morapedi, adding that women need to work in groups.
She emphasized that women should leverage on collective expertise found in clusters to grow the country’s food production sector.
“Grab the opportunities that exist with the food value chain,” she said, citing that women have been hard-hit by COVID-19 in their endeavors to put food on the table.
She further implored women not to shy away from finance development institutions (FDIs) to finance their projects. Morapedi bemoaned that a handful people are willing to go into food production despite the high import food bill that the country faces.
Very few people are doing food production; people are lazy to go into food production,” said Morapedi. She also highlighted that the country’s major supplier, South Africa is also not coping as COVID-19 challenges unravel.
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