As part of its corporate social responsibility, the revered Botswana Accountancy College (BAC) in collaboration with the Francistown City Council (FCC) took time out of their busy schedules to address the out-of-school youth on the dynamics of life.
In line with its 20 years of creating future business leaders, BAC has partnered with the authorities in the second largest city to enrich youth development in terms of how the young people of Francistown can turn their lives for the better.
With a number of young people roaming the streets due to limited job opportunities in the country, BAC and the FCC have taken it upon themselves to transform the youth to think beyond being employees and consider becoming employment creators.
In his keynote address last Saturday, the Assistant Minister for the Ministry of Education and Skills Development Honorable Moiseraele Master Goya said the world experienced a sharp increase in youth unemployment subsequent to the advent of the world credit crunch in 2008.
Botswana, being part of the global economy, was not spared by the negative impact of the economic meltdown which led to volatile global markets and decline in commodity prices including diamonds which has been the major source of revenue to drive the Botswana economy, these compromised the country’s ability to create more jobs for the youth, he said.
“Education has a critical role to play in the fight against unemployment and poverty. Even other challenges and debilitating factors that are affecting this Republic (of Botswana) can be solved through education,” said the Honorable Assistant Minister.
Honorable Goya added: “I am very pleased to note that our own Botswana Accountancy College seems to be moving in the direction of adapting its programmes to cater for the demands of the labor market.”
The Assistant Minister hailed BAC for embarking on an ambitious exercise in collaboration with the FCC to nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst the youth of Francistown. According to Honorable Goya, it is a challenging and exhausting exercise for young people to continue looking for jobs which are very limited and or not available.
“The best option under the current circumstances is to divert the attention of our young people from being job seekers to being job creators. We want a situation where our young people consider entrepreneurship as a way to improve welfare and participate in the growth of the economy,” he said.
Honorable Goya further applauded BAC in recognition of their initiative to collaborate with the FCC to encourage and equip the youth with requisite skills to be successful employees and employers will go a long way in augmenting government efforts to create job opportunities.
In her opening remarks, the Acting BAC Executive Director, Mrs Matlhogonolo Mponang highlighted that BAC produces graduates with various business qualifications from accountancy to tourism management.
“We offer short term courses for six months in the areas of Enterprise Risk Management, Finance for Non-Financial Managers as well as Public Sector Procurement and Tender Process Management for everyone interested in understanding the PPADB Act from a process of accessing government initiatives,” she said.
Mrs Mponang said BAC prides itself with producing graduates who beyond being employees want to become employers. For her part, Acting Head of Industry Relations at BAC Ms Veronica Ofaletse, said young people must up their game because the 21st century of is very competitive.
According to Ms Ofaletse, it is a reality that job opportunities are limited, and the young person should aim beyond being an employee but to become creators of job opportunities in the country.
“Be proactive and passionate if you want to be hired, because organizations hire talent. Employers are looking for people who can make a difference in their organization,” beamed Ms Ofaletse.