ONE WOMAN’S ANSWER TO EDUCATION WOES
Never the one to be content with the status quo, high flyer, Sethunya Molosiwa, has decided to tackle “the elephant in the room’ that is the ever declining state of education in Botswana.
“We should all be worried. It is a concern for all as it affects everybody one way or the other,” says Molosiwa.
She was speaking on the backdrop of the recently released unimpressive junior certificate examination results and an impending career fair she will be hosting at Baitlotli CJSS on February 02.
Describing herself as privileged, Molosiwa tells an inspirational story of how she was raised by parents who could afford to send her to the best schools and take keen interest in her studies.
Her dreams, she says, were not only encouraged but were also nurtured.
“I knew and believed I could be anything I chose to be and this excited me. I was told I was going to be exceptional and my paternal grandfather used to call me Corazon Aquino (The Philippines female president, 1986 – 1992) and said I was going to be the first female president of Botswana.”
Although she laughs off suggestions of harbouring political aspirations and swears not to be interested in politics, she does like to make a difference in people’s lives.
A successful Actuary who is far from quitting her boardroom pursuits, Molosiwa however admits to a more urgent and burning desire to help the community.
“My ambition is to continue making waves in the corporate space but as I grow older, I realise that as human beings, we ought to strive to leave a mark in the world and make it a better place. I wish to make a difference in my community and hopefully inspire others to do the same. Education is my area of interest because I believe that instead of trying to look for someone to blame for the bad exam results, we can all play a part in making a difference.”
On why it should bother anyone that students are failing, Molosiwa expalins, “This would have a dire impact on all sectors; employment rate would decline and consequently crime would go up as jobless youths turn to crime to make a living, so yes, we should all be concerned.”
Expounding on why she is organising a career fair, she says, “It will help students visualise what they want to become when they grow up and that will make their dreams more real and within reach.”
A segment of the fair will consist of Molosiwa and a diverse group of professionals taking turns to share their journeys before fielding questions from students and offering practical advice.
“The model can be replicated anywhere and by anyone, hence there is no reason every school in Botswana cannot be reached. There are so many people who would like to make a difference who are at times unsure of where to start, let us take it back to learning,” says Molosiwa.
Offering advice on how to get involved in transforming the struggling education system, Molosiwa says it is time individuals participate in school programmes and offered their services and expertise where needed.
“You can start small by offering to be present during school assembly and asking relevant questions to identify areas of need that you can contribute towards. Everyone has something to offer, it can even be an inspirational story to share and inspire,” she said.