Kanye — Assistant Minister of Tertiary Education, Research, Science and Technology Mr Moiseraele Goya has hailed churches for their role in the development of the country.
He said churches had over the years made immense contribution towards many sectors through various ways.
He was speaking at the first Ravos Technical College graduation ceremony in Kanye on September 20, where a total of 92 graduants were conferred with certificates in Early Childhood Education, Health and Certificate Management as well as Refrigeration and Air Conditioning.
"The government of Botswana is grateful to churches for they are partners in the development of this country," he noted.
The college is a religion-based institution run by the Lutheran Church.
Mr Goya noted that the Lutheran Church was one of the religious organisations that continued to contribute towards the development of the country through infrastructural developments and other services across various sectors.
"The Lutheran Church is among many other churches that have built schools as well as hospitals to augment the government's efforts to bring services closer to the people and this a welcome development.
The Roman Catholic Church and the United Congregational Church are such churches which have ploughed back to society by building schools and hospitals in different parts of the country," he said.Mr Goya said the college's training in vocational and technical skills were in line with the government's transformation agenda and Vision 2036 which aspired for prosperity for all.
He said there was need for industries and skilled labour to bring developments to the country.
He also noted that such industries and skills would go a long way in creating employment and transforming the economy of the country.
He appreciated that Ravos Technical College did not only train learners to be employees but also equipped them with the skills to establish their own businesses in their respective areas.
He said human resource development could result in sustainable developments in many villages.
"Those who come from villages outside Kanye may go back home to start small businesses like dress making, hair dressing, small stock farming, piggery and many others. In this regard the developments in the villages are being sustainable," he noted.
He also commended the college for working with Botswana Qualifications Authority in an endeavour to start a programme that would assist self-trained workers to acquire academic certificates.
He implored them to continue promoting economic development which would subsequently improve the communities.
For his part, the Kanye Administrative Authority (KAA) sub-council chairperson Mr Tlhomamo Dibeela applauded parents for being partners in education by funding their children's studies. He said their contribution would reduce the burden on the government.
Mr Dibeela further called on graduants to familiarise themselves with government programmes and plans to find how they could contribute to the country's development.
He urged young people to work hard to assume leadership roles in various sectors of the economy.
Source : BOPA