Academic preaches virtues of education (Botswana Daily News)

| September 10, 2015

Literacy is a key lever of change and a practical tool of empowerment, says Professor Setumile Morapedi.

Professor Morapedi, who was the guest speaker at a joint literacy day celebration at Diratsame Junior Secondary School in Moshupa recently, said literacy skills were a prerequisite for the learning of a broad set of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values required for creating sustainable societies.

Experience and research show that literacy can be a major tool for eradicating poverty, enlarging employment opportunities, advancing gender equality, improving family health, protecting the environment and promoting democratic participation, she said.

This year’s celebration, she said, was dedicated to exploring critical links between literacy and future sustainable development goals.

Professor Morapedi, who is a lecturer at the University of Botswana in the Department of English, commended the seven participating junior schools for having come together to share ideas and experiences.

Uniting to work together, she said, presented participating schools with the opportunity to share limited resources and benchmark on one another. She also commended the schools for having literacy clubsas well as writers and readers clubs

Diratsame Junior Secondary School head, Mr Phemelo Sejabosigo urged students to be serious with learning if they wanted to have a better tomorrow.

Wayward behaviour, such as alcohol consumption and other forms of unusual behavior that have swamped schools, he said, should be shunned by joining progressive clubs such as writers and reading clubs.

The Reading Association of Botswana (RAB) vice secretary, Ms Ruth Mogana-Monyepi, whose association sponsored the event, announced that the association would adopt the schools’ literacy clubs.

We are unwavering in our support for these clubs as we cherish and appreciate their value, she said, adding that judging by activities presented by clubs, their general membership was literate and empowered.

She called on clubs not to despair due to lack of financial resources to produce both newsletters and magazines, but to press ahead until they realised their objectives.

Among the top achievers that were awarded certificates were twin sisters, Tlotlo and Kutlo Kesekgabo from Letlole Mosielele Junior Secondary School in Thamaga, who are both prolific writers for their school’s newsletter.

The two Form Three students, who are ministers of students’ welfare and academics respectively, aspire to be a psychologist and dentist in the future.

The seven schools that took part in the joint literacy celebration were Bathoen, Diratsame, Letlole, Mosielele, Maikano, Mmanaana, Mphuthe and Sedumedi.

The day was celebrated with both the national and international themes: Literacy and post 2015 agenda and Literacy and sustainable societies.

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