Botswana: Weaving Fruitful Undertaking

Tonota — While the importance of qualifications cannot be over emphasised, Reverend Father Anthony Kornu has noted that handiworks such as art and weaving too could put food on the table.

He said this during Self-Empowerment Business Formation in Tonota recently.

The event was geared to wards empowering less privileged members of the society without income to have a share in the economy of the country by paying tax.

Rev. Father Kornu said some people mistakenly pride themselves in the many certificates and degrees awarded to them and look down upon those who do not have them.

Unfortunately, he said, some of the certificate holders do not even have any little gasp of the subject matter in which those certificates or degrees awarded to them carry.

Rev. Father Kornu noted that while they may be boasting about their certificates and scholarships, when little problems confront them, they become helpless in solving such matters by themselves.

"The ones to whom they appeal for help turn out to be poor, practical people who, because of one problem or the other, could not afford to attend school to the level of acquiring certificates or a chain of degrees," he said.

On the other hand, he said many governments in Africa had been trying to direct their educational system towards enabling their citizens to use their education to solve their personal and national problems.

He noted that after much money has been spent on researching and instituting some reforms, practical education still got frowned and the educational reforms often remained merely paper work and a waste of money and other resources and time.

Rev. Father Kornu further said any serious educational policy that sought to address personal and national problems would need to introduce and promote subject areas or disciplines that trained minds, hearts and hands towards turning raw materials into finished products to create employment and for economic growth.

"As citizens, we should be aware that no government will be able to provide employment for all her citizens," he said, adding that people should look and see the needs of society and rise up towards providing services by addressing such needs.

By so doing, people would be able to earn money, become great and popular entrepreneurs, created employment to fellow citizens and contribute towards national economies.

Councillor for Borotsi ward, Mr Neo Sefume said working together was a process and coming together was the beginning of achieving goals.

Councillor Sefume said he desired to see changes in people's lives by creating awareness and linking them with entities such as Local Enterprise Authority (LEA), Citizen Entrepreneurial Authority (CEDA), National Development Bank (NDB) among others.

Also, he noted that as COVID-19 was taking money from government coffers every day, people should think outside the box and come up with ways of making money.

LEA business consultant Ms Tebelelo Mabona said her organisation gave information to entrepreneurs at no cost to start or improve their businesses or apply for loans with CEDA, NDB.

She advised them to compile their business plans and own them instead of employing consultant as they would remain clueless on the business they wanted to run.

Manager of Lala's Nest Tapestry Weaving, Ms Lizar Tainton, who started weaving in 1987, said handy-work could take people somewhere.

Ms Tainton said life as a lesson, could change at the same time.

She said that she started weaving on a small scale, but as orders increased to as far as Europe and the United States of America, she had to increase production so as to meet demand.

Ms Tainton said she did not wait for anyone to help her, as she had to gather herself to do something after realising that in life, a challenge was a promotion, adding that she had now realised that her life was better than when she was formally employed.

She highlighted that she won the President's Day competitions award, Botswana National Museum, Monument and Art Gallery award, BOCCIM, Embassy of Cuba, Embassy of America, High Commission of Namibia, South Africa High Commission and Botswana Ash awards.

Source : BOPA

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