Two years after it was founded, the Francistown College of Programming (FCP) honoured its first-ever batch of graduates at an emotional ceremony held at the Civic Centre on Friday.
The graduation marked a significant day for the small college and its proud owner and founder,Goitsemang Majaga, considering the humble origins it started from.
“We only had five computers, one classroom and one lecturer! Compare that to today, when we have three classes, a fully equipped computer lab with free internet for the students and four dedicated, young and vibrant lecturers,” said Majaga, who is a computer programmer by profession.
FCP’s inaugural graduating class, which consisted of 14 students in total, was entirely made up of disadvantaged children who have been helped by the Department of Social and Community Development since primary school.
A visibly-emotionalMajaga said he had every confidence in the graduates, describing them as ‘market ready’ and ‘job creators’ not ‘job seekers’.
Guest speaker at the event, Setlalekgosi JSS headmaster- Majaha Ndlovu urged the graduates to take advantage of the many government programs available, to diversify the economy and uplift the standards of living of Batswana.
The event included a ceremony for nine BHM security graduates – students who are also aided by the Department of Social and Community Development.
Speaking during the celebration, BHM’s owner, Budani Hummer Magada stressed that even though the students have graduated the school is not abandoning them, promising to ensure that the highest performers continue their studies at Gaborone College of Law.
“The reason why we took these students to our school was to give something to the less privileged and we are so happy and believe that this is just the beginning,” said Magada.