The Ministry of Education and Skills Development in Botswana, the Republic of Korea and UNESCO took a step forward in September, 2014, with the launching of the Better Education for Africa’s Rise programmes at Gaborone Technical College in Gaborone.
The project includes three programmes at the Diploma level; Diploma in Culinary Arts, Diploma in Travel Management and Diploma in Hospitality Management. The development process of the curriculums brought together Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) curriculum experts within Botswana, guided and supported by the Korean Research Institute of Vocational Education and Training in close collaboration with industry representatives to ensure graduates have the opportunity to learn the skills, knowledge and attitudes required within the sector.
The tourism industry in Botswana demands employees with high level skills and abilities and the BEAR programme intends to produce graduates who can have the necessary skills to improve and build the industry in line with Government of Botswana’s tourism strategy.
Having enrolled over 100 students at Gaborone Technical College , with 37 currently undertaking the programme at Francistown College of Technical and Vocational Education and Training, the launch of BEAR in Botswana has provided a platform for the developing partners. They have come together to encourage students to achieve to their highest abilities and become part of country’s growing tourism industry.
The BEAR launch event held at Gaborone Technical College was addressed by the Minister of Education and Skills Development, Dr. Venson Moitoi, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and representatives from Industry who emphasised the importance of work ethics and attitudes. On behalf of UNESCO the Project Coordinator, Mr. Raymond Doherty, thanked the efforts of all the contributing partners, pointing out that the uniqueness and success of the project lay in the fact that Botswana was able to use its resources to develop its own training system.
The true success of the project will be measured in 2016 when the graduates from Gaborone Technical College and Francistown College of Technical and Vocational Education enter into the employment market.