In the spirit of “Botho” as our name suggests, giving back to the community is a very important objective of the University. All community engagement initiatives at Botho University are coordinated by the Student and Alumni Affairs Department (SAAD). Students are encouraged to participate in communication engagement activities to develop their social traits of being socially responsible and learning the spirit of volunteering. The university over the years and across all its campuses conducted many community engagement activities. For the past couple of years, our Gaborone Campus in Botswana has adopted two villages namely Gakgatla and Kubung in the Kweneng District of Botswana and directed all their community engagement initiatives towards them. The idea was to ensure focus and long term impact has had numerous interventions and initiatives towards this cause with a number of communities and villages such as.
Gakgatla Village Community Engagement Initiatives: In its endeavour to pursue its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) obligations, Botho University adopted a rural (Gakgatla) village about 50 km from Gaborone. The village comprises mainly poor families, living way beyond the poverty datum line and further the youth population in the village is full of school dropouts with high cases of teenage pregnancies. The SAAD has over the past couple of years conducted many focussed interventions for the village of Gakgatla to assist with some of the challenges described.
Kubung Primary School initiative: Botho University adopted the school after the signing of the MOU with the Ministry of Basic Education on the 6th of February 2018 under the Adopt a School Initiative. The project is currently running till the year 2023 with the scope extended to include all contributors to the quality of teaching and learning in the effort to improve learner performance. Since its adoption, the University implemented the following activities: