BAC management and employees hosted a pre-independence celebration themed #20@50 both in Gaborone and Francistown. As the nation commemorates fifty years of independence, the institution celebrates twenty years of creating business leaders.
During the early years, BAC only offered four programmes AAT, CIMA, ACCA and Computing. Over the years the institution evolved into five academic departments collectively offering more than thirty programmes. These vary from finance and banking, entrepreneurship, tourism and hospitality, insurance to name a few.
Vision 2016 pillar on the 'Informed and educated nation' influenced the growth of the education sector and has managed to drive increase in student enrolment from the grass roots.
In her opening remarks, the BAC Executive Director Mrs Serty Leburu thanked all employees for their efforts and encouraged them to look beyond the twenty and fifty years. “As we celebrate we also have to inspire ourselves to journey further for the next 50 years to achieve more to better the livelihoods of Batswana and be a great Nation that ever lived.”
During the ceremony, some of the BAC legends who were acknowledged shared information about the institutions humble beginnings and its successes over the years. Mr Moilwa Modimakwane one of the BAC legends, reminisced on the institution’s journey and how he has witnessed it grow from a staff complement of thirty to more than two hundred to date. “We are proud to have had the opportunity to grow with BAC and contributed to the success on the institution”, commented Mr Modimakwane.
“We are grateful that we continue to participate on enriching the students learning experience. It gives us pride to see students graduate from BAC including a significant number of BAC employees and some executive management”, Ms Motshabi Merafe beamed with satisfaction.
The guest speaker, BOT50 Chairperson Mr Boyce Sebetlela commended BAC for celebrating the legends who effortlessly dedicated their lives to the institution during these years. Mr Sebetlela challenged BAC employees to continuously seek opportunities to make a difference in the development and grow of the institution and the county at large. It is our participation which can catapult us to greater heights.
He expressed gratitude to be honored as guest speaker which an event which signifies not only the growth of the country but of institution as well.
Mr Gape Maplanka, the Francistown acting campus manager shared on how BAC has contributed to the Vision 2016 pillar and the need to focus and diversify beyond 2016. Mr Maplanka thanked staff on their continued efforts and contributions in making BAC successes possible.