Boitekanelo Health College is destined to be the private institution of choice in the health sector in Botswana.
Opened five (5) years ago, the school has already made inroads into SADC countries.
Students from Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland have their governments sponsoring them to study at the college.
There are prospects of having other countries sending their students to the college.
“We are at an advanced stage in talking with other SADC countries to have their students trained here, “said the School Director Dr T Mampane.
Dr Mampane spoke highly of his school in an interview with The Voice last week, that it is one of the best in the country.
“I can’t blow my own horn. But it’s clear for all to see that what we are doing is for the benefit of the tax payers. I say this because I am not using my money to run this school, I use the tax payer’s money,” he said.
He said he has employed about 180 Batswana professionals and four (4) expatriates.
He says because of this, he prides himself as a true citizen employer.
He said although the Botswana government spends a lot of money in education training, especially in private institutions, foreigners still outnumber citizens in some institutions.
“Here at Boitekanelo, we believe in citizen employment. We are using Batswana money and therefore that money must be put back into Batswana. Our buildings were built by Batswana. In a way, we are truly moving Botswana forward,” he said.
In his view, there are a lot of Batswana who can be employed in tertiary institutions as opposed to foreigners.
“Any Motswana who qualifies to be employed shall be employed here. I got all my staff from government departments. I am sure they are happy here, otherwise they would have left. I want them to produce the best students that can be absorbed into the work market. In the health industry we don’t have unemployment,” he explained.
He said the students from Boitekanelo Health College do their industrial attachment in other countries to enable them to gain exposure.
“We send them outside the country because that is the best method of learning. The Health sector is very broad, you need to be exposed to any situation in the world. It shows we take our students seriously when we take them for industrial attachment outside the country. Some of them have already been employed in Swaziland,” he said with a grin.
He also revealed that he will soon open the School of Nursing that will enrol students by 2016.
“We are awaiting the Botswana qualification Authority (BQA) certification and Botswana Nurses Association accreditation, then we are set,” he said.
For those students coming from outside Gaborone, he said the college has made arrangements with landlords to pay accommodation for them.
“We arrange accommodation for international students and help local ones to get accommodation. We understand that accommodation is very important to the students’ learning, students are our customers. We do our best for them,” he said.
He said soon his school will partner with a German company that manufactures wheelchairs.
He said the project will see the disabled students manufacture the wheelchairs for sale.
His school enrols about 2000 students with about 50 disabled.
Boitekanelo Health College has the following programs in their curricular; Occupational Health and Safety, Public Health, Health Education and Promotion, Health Services and Management, Dietetics and Nutrition, Pharmacy, Computer and School of Nursing.
All the courses are offered up to Degree level.
The school boasts state of the art laboratories, complemented by a well equipped library.