Classroom amnesia

Given that this week marks the 49th Anniversary of Botswana’s rebirth as a sovereign republic it is appropriate to take a break from our extended narrative on the establishment of the British Protectorate, to reflect upon the meaning of its demise.

This time of year it is common for us to be reminded about just how far Botswana has come since 1966 in terms of economic growth and human and social development. At independence our country was indeed ranked among the world’s poorest and least developed societies, with an annual per capita income estimated at about 80 US dollars. This is in part a reflection of the fact that the first decades of colonial occupation coincided with a decline in real incomes.

From 1966-96 Botswana enjoyed the highest economic growth rate in the world. At the same time the country experianced one of the world’s fastest rates of human development as measured by such quality of life indicators as the expanded provision of education and training and improved health and nutrition. Also often cited are such additional facts as the virtual absence to paved roads or other basic infrastructure in a country where less than 70 Batswana had by 1966 acquired any form of post secondary school qualification. 

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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