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Human Resource Development Council (HRDC) has trained career councillors in anticipation for the upcoming fair scheduled for March 14 to 19.

The capacity building workshop sought to prepare career guidance teachers for the career fair as well as discuss relevant issues regarding the initiative. This year’s career fair ‘BHRD and Career Clinics’ will enable students to make the right decisions regarding their career choices. In a quest to strengthen career guidance further, HRDC recommends that secondary schools should facilitate career fairs in line with sector committee plans, establish career resource centres, procure career guidance assessment tools for use in school.

Manager for Student Planning and Welfare, Dr Marianyana Selelo believes that Guidance and Counselling Senior teachers should at least be assisted with airtime to be able to reach out to their clients as well as revisit the progression structure for Guidance and Counselling in schools. Selelo further noted that it is essential to procure career guidance assessment tools for use in schools. Her view is that engaging Guidance and Counselling teachers to assist during this year’s career fair will result in a one-on–one interactions that will aid in decision-making.

During the workshop, the Agriculture sector emphasised that there is increasing agricultural productivity in livestock and crop sub-sectors, however, low levels of appreciation of the sector. Career guidance clinics are expected to close this gap and ensure that the sector raises farmer income, create direct and indirect employment opportunities and contribute to economic growth.

“In the HRDC–Agricultural plan, teachers, lectures and instructors in Agriculture and natural resources will both be hands-on and theoretically sound so that they can guide students and future workers properly, based on knowledge and practice,” said the representative. 

They further said with the plan, they expect the new Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN) to contribute towards Agricultural transformation through the acquisition of appropriate skills, knowledge and technology. In that regard, teachers and lecturers together with career guidance experts will be expected to play a crucial role.

The fair is expected to start next week at Boipuso Hall from March 14 to 18.  The BRDS fair will follow from the 16th to the 19th.  More than 20 000 students are expected to attend the fair.

The theme is ‘Guidance for Human Resource Development, Gate away towards diversifying Botswana’s economy’.

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BOSJE elevates jazz education in Botswana

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CHANGING LIVES: Music has the power to empower youth.

The Botswana Society of Jazz Education (BOSJE) will host the 9th annual International Jazz Day for the 3rd time this year at the Maitisong theatre. According to the founding chairperson Akhutlheng Mogami, the society was formed to create a platform for jazz musicians and aspiring jazz musicians to grow and share ideas and even have their work documented.

“As a society, we have realized a need for jazz education. There is also no documentation about jazz in Botswana, which makes it difficult for both the teachers and students when it comes to teaching and learning about jazz as there is no local content to refer to. It is also for purposes of funding applications to run workshops and host festivals and exchange programs that we needed to have a legally registered nonprofit making entity as this one,” she said.

BOSJE was officially registered on the 31st of August 2015 with the registrar of societies and some its objectives include to ensure the growth of Jazz in Botswana and development of jazz education; to build jazz community by advancing education and research; to document, preserve and archive our Botswana jazz heritage; to promote skills development and performance through jazz camps, exchange programs and jazz shows and festivals, and to also develop new audiences.

In January 2017 the society formed a youth jazz big band (Big Bands). Mogami noted that they managed to bring together young people from all walks of life to teach them about jazz and how to play jazz. Since then, the band has been growing substantially both musically and professionally. She noted that The Big Bands in Botswana project which aims to put together jazz bands in schools and communities all over the country. “The project brings together young people and teaches them to play music in an ensemble set up.

The project commenced on the 15th of February 2019 with the primary objective of this project is to bring positive social change through music. Children who are involved in this music program receive a music education, which we believe will lead them to improved overall academic success. The children will also learn the essential skills needed for the 21st century workforce.

In addition to that, these children will also have a platform to exercise their creativity, and all this will in turn grow their confidence.” The band has graced the Masire foundation annual gala dinner, International Jazz Day, Annual De Beers sight holders Dinner, and Gaborone toastmasters among others.

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Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego drop love sin gle

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NEW OFFERING: Benson & Diva Vebrok’s listening session rocked

Diva Vebrok and Benson Phutego recently released their joint single titled Ha o ka leba. The two launched the song at a listening session at Greenberry Gardens. Music artists including Nono, Franco and promoters PP and Gloria Dzwikiti as well as other industry role players flocked the venue to listen to what the two have to offer and they were not disappointed.

The single is good quality – from the melody, lyrics, rthyme and production. The divine diva Diva Vebrok adds a golden touch with her smooth voice while the bold and eloquent Phutego’s voice complements hers as he breaks out into poetry.

Director of ceremony at the listening session Berry Heart also kept the crowd galvanised throughout the night with her energetic spirit. President of Music Promotions Zenzele Hirschfield expressed appreciation for the support rendered to the two and highlighted that it is important for artists to support one another. “I am honoured to see that that many people in the local music industry have come out to support their fellow artists.

This means a lot and we really need to unite as artists all the time,” she said. She sang praises for Diva Vebrok who she said was passionate and hard working. “She is more than just an artist but also an influencer and entrepreneur. She is one of the women in the music industry who work hard and never give up on their craft,” she said.

Phutego impressed the crowd with his words of wisdom as he appreciated being featured by Ve brok on the single. “It was great working with her as she is passionate and hard working. Women are the pillars of society and as such they should be respected. I have no regrets about this project because I am confident that we produced a great love song.”

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