Kanye — Rolong Land Board and Ramatea Vocational School (Ravos) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) stipulating the terms and conditions for the collaborative relationship between the two entities.
Speaking during the signing ceremony in Kanye recently, Rolong Land Board vice chairperson Mr Ogone Molema explained that the scope of the memorandum entailed, among others, skills and information exchange through workshop visits, engagement in relevant issues and events.
"It allows both parties to participate in social service, creativity, and innovation, as well as student attachments to gain experience.
The partnership will create an enabling environment as both institutions will mutually benefit in the areas of capacity building, effective communication, and other areas of need," he said.
He said the transformational partnership aimed at establishing mutual beneficial activities on maintenance and servicing of refrigerators and air conditioners, capacity building, experiential erudition for students and issues deemed important by the parties.
Mr Molema said the collaboration marked the beginning of a working relationship to develop and improve the living standard and quality of life of the people.
Mr Molema stressed that individuals were allowed to take advantage of Ravos as students would help them with the maintenance of refrigerators, air conditioners, and other electrical appliances.
Moreover, when presenting the MoU, Ravos chairperson, Mr Tiroyaone Khuto said the institution was obligated to, among others, provide training for nominated Rolong Land Board staff as well as ensuring servicing and maintenance of refrigerators and air conditioners at Rolong Land Board offices and staff houses.
He said they would also provide conference facilities and accommodation at a fee as and when requested.
"Ravos and Rolong Land Board will collectively adhere to the obligations as we will cherish the values of Botho, cooperation, and therisano when discharging such services," said Mr Khuto.
Furthermore, Ravos principal, Mr Absalom Moseki urged other stakeholders to form partnerships as they were key to success.
Mr Moseki noted that Ravos advanced the socio-economic development of the people of Botswana, especially the disadvantaged through the creation of wage employment and self-employment opportunities with special emphasis on vocational skills.
He stated that since 1989 the school was supported by government through subsidies until 2013 when the government ceased to offer such.
Mr Moseki said they then operated school privately and offered one-year courses.
He stated that the school was currently registered and Botswana Qualifications Authority (BQA) compliant, thus offering accredited courses.
He said at first they offered one-year certificate programmes, but they have since upgraded to offer diploma courses.
Mr Moseki noted that they also offer training to Poverty Eradication beneficiaries for six months.
He said all councils in Botswana bring beneficiaries for training at their school as they were the only vocational training centre that offered training for Poverty Eradication programmes.
Mr Moseki said their courses were practical to produce ready-made employees for the job market and also equip them to create employment for themselves upon completion.
He highlighted that the collaboration will bear fruits for the partnering parties in future as well as benefiting the community at large.
Source : BOPA