Botswana Open University, A Lifelong Learning Institution

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As we aspire to become a more diversified knowledge based economy, Botswana has to provide several learning platforms through which individual citizens can continuously develop themselves.

It is becoming clearer that self-driven education may disclose weaknesses that one does not like to acknowledge and at the same time disclose self-strengths. Knowing these, is very essential to all who demand of life more than mediocrity and poverty. Self-learning requires persistence, which is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting desire into its success equivalent. We read of several success stories of self-educated personalities who are todays’ multi-millionaires and have self-actualised.   

It is wildly accepted that a knowledge based economy ought to have more than sufficient of its highly academically qualified personnel and multi-skilled labour force. In fact, those in the academic field will argue that a minimum of masters’ degree is pre-requisite for a country to content itself to a knowledge driven economy status. The qualification must be interdisciplinary such that it lays foundation to basic knowledge in different fields and should have value beyond meeting the requirements of a classroom. If such qualification is attained by a majority of the citizens so much that they acquire self-sustaining knowledge and skills, then we can proudly reflect our knowledge based economy status.

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