Batswana are expected to benefit from the chevening scholarship programme.
This was said by British High Commissioner Nick Pyle in beneficiaries’ farewell ceremony held in Gaborone last week.
The programme is sponsored by Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in partnership with UK and international private sector organization.
Eleven scholars have been sent to pursue their Master’s Degree in different institutions across UK.
Pyle said the programme is meant to create lasting positive relationships with future leaders, influencers and decision makers in priority countries.
He said earlier the FCO announced a significant increase in the investment it will make to the global programme including Botswana.
“The programme is all about improving the country’s capacity to develop. We tend to focus on narrow fields, it could be on international politics knowledge or conflict. what we are trying to do is to offer people choice of what their country needs to move forward on We need to focus on education capacity building to escape middle income trap. I think Botswana is at the cross road at the moment, it has got some decisions to take and work on some policies in order to attract foreign direct investment. Botswana needs to promote itself, what is their unique selling point, what do they offer,” said Pyle.
He said the British High Commission is exploring all avenues that could be used to increase awareness of the programme and overall application numbers.
Pyle hopes all the beneficiaries come back and share their acquired skills for the benefit of the country.
One of the scholars Unami Moatswi said the scholarship will give her opportunity to grow personally and professionally.
She said it will help her to compete globally as she perceives herself as a global citizen.
The 24 year old said she hope the experience and skills she will acquire will help develop Botswana.
Moatswi will pursue development studies for a year at Soas University of London.