The University of Louisville, USA has continued to benevolently support a multitude of Community Junior Secondary Schools in Gaborone and Molepolole as part of their International Service-Learning (ISL) programme.
The assistance does not come in the form of monetary aid as has become custom for foreign institutions to provide but rather through the use of practical learning activities.
Each year, since 2010, the University of Louisville has sent more than 20 delegates comprising of faculty members and students of the institution to Botswana.
The university students are sent annually to attempt to solve complex challenges facing Junior Secondary School children in Botswana.
Before embarking on their lengthy expedition over the North Atlantic Ocean, the students undertake rigorous courses on Botswana’s history, culture, customs and educational needs.
Once equipped with this knowledge they prepare exercises and games that facilitate an alternative learning environment from the conventional classroom setting.
Participating schools this year include Maoka CJSS, Nanogang, Kwena Sereto, Botho University and Hope Mission.
Speaking at a press conference hosted by the Botswana Educational Hub, Kagiso Batlang, a student at Nanogang, articulated the lessons he learnt from the visiting delegation.
“We learnt many life lessons like teamwork through games like Frisbee which we do not have in Botswana.”
Other skills the programme attempts to furnish the children with is self-awareness, self-esteem, effective communication skills, leadership, cooperation and a myriad of other life-based skills.
Perhaps the most essential knowledge the children were furnished with was pertinent to anti-bullying for learning can only take place in the most conducive of environments.
Representatives of all schools were pleased with the outcomes of the University of Louisville team especially Nanogang which saw them finish first in their Junior Secondary School Examinations.
A large part of that achievement can be attributed to the University of Louisville’s initiative.