Gaborone — The United Kingdom's Chevening scholarship plays an important role in building bridges between Botswana and the UK, Assistant Minister of Youth Empowement, Sports and Culture Development Mr Dikgang Makgalemele has said.
Speaking at the 2018 Chevening scholarship send-off ceremony in Gaborone on August 29, Mr Makgalemele said the two countries had a long history of partnership and shared a firm commitment towards excellence in education and ongoing learning with strong and extensive education collaborations.
The scholarship exemplified the good bilateral ties between Botswana and the UK, he said.
Mr Makgalemele noted that the scholarship had over the last 35 years produced reputable alumni who had become respected leaders across a range of sectors and continued to be role models to many young people.
He said being part of the Chevening network instilled a strong sense of pride and responsibility and had therefore transformed many lives.
Mr Makgalemele said Chevening scholars also had the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies.
Interacting with students of different nationalities, exchanging ideas and opinions, he said would facilitate the flexibility and empathy that today's work demands.
Mr Makgalemele therefore pleaded with the beneficiaries not to be trainees only but also to bear in mind that they were goodwill ambassadors responsible for promoting Botswana-UK friendship.
He said the beneficiaries would contribute to Botswana's social and economic development with the knowledge and skills acquired in the UK.
"Botswana can only climb to greater heights when those who have climbed the highest are committed to help their fellow citizens and community to uplift their livelihoods," he said.
British High Commissioner to Botswana Ms Katy Ransome said the UK was pleased to continue supporting Botswana in improving skills development, which she said would play a pivotal role in the country's economy.
She said the seven selected scholarship beneficiaries had demonstrated leadership potential and had strong academic backgrounds.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>