Botswana: Collaboration in Sport Development Critical

Maun — Institute of Commercial Management (United Kingdom) country director, Sekwaya Pekenene says collaborative effort in sport development and growth is critical.

He made the remarks when motivating softball teams, which participated in the just-ended tournament held in Maun.

The tournament hosted by Tsodilo Junior Secondary School attracted five other junior schools across the country.

He called on potential sponsors and different stakeholders including the community to come on board and contribute towards the development of sport in the country.

Pekenene revealed that the success of any sport tournament required valuable services of all stakeholders, teachers, parents and private sector hence the need to work together and support pupils.

He is one of the sponsors of the tournament and assisted with 34 silver medals and 34 bronze medals for teams that got second and third positions respectively.

He said clubs and schools needed support from the business community to excel adding that sport could be used as wheel to diversify the economy.

Pekenene said the theme of the tournament, which is Building future tycoons through sports, was relevant because sport could open opportunities for players/pupils as not all were academically gifted .

This, he said could motivate players to take sport seriously and eventually become professionals or even own clubs.

He commended the organiser of the tournament, Basiame Molathiwa for coming up with an initiative to develop their skills in softball.

He said people like him needed to be supported on their journey of excellence adding that pupils should be a primary responsibility for all not only teachers.

Principal education officer, Veronica Ridge appreciated all teams, which attended the tournament saying they had learnt a lot from their counterparts.

She praised the host for the successful tournament adding that all the teams displayed a good performance despite the heat and encouraged players to do more in future.

Ridge revealed that sport had proven that it could maintain and mould students.

Sport, she said instilled discipline amongst players. She also shared that the introduction of Education and Training Sector Strategic Plan (ETSSP) was a welcome development as it focused on multiple-pathways.

"The plan intended to strengthen the match between qualifications and labour market requirements, thereby ensuring that education outputs were more aligned to future employment needs."

She said the plan emphasised on identifying and nurturing pupils' skills for their benefit.

Ridge revealed that the plan would be implemented next year and some teachers had already been taken on board as far as the ETSSP was concerned.

Meanwhile, other sponsors of the tournament include JB Sports, Safari Spar, Top Bread bakery Marvin Sport Shop and Tsodilo School.

Source : BOPA

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