Botswana And Unesco 18th Edition

B otswana hasmade some remarkable achievements in 2019 and the 18 th edition of Botswana and UNESCO Annual Report presents an opportunity for us to share some of these achievements. As a country, we have continued to enjoy some benefits as a result of our membership to UNESCO. The support we receive fromUNESCO through the production of this publication is another one of such benefits. In 2019 Camphill Community Trust in Otse, became the proud winner of the UNESCO-Japan Prize for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), a prize theywon through the Integrated Learning for Living andWork Programme (ILLWP). They were awarded alongside two other winners from Brazil and Germany, who were chosen out of 115 nominations from 63 UNESCO Member States and 10 Non-Governmental Organizations accredited to UNESCO. In an effort to promote the prize and to recognize its winners, UNESCO organized a special event on the side of the 40 th Session of UNESCO General Conference held from 12 th -27 th November 2019. The prize is a sign of our collective commitment to delivering on ESD. The Bridge Africa Project on the other hand, is yet another project that we pride ourselves as a country as it has been able to touch the lives of some of our disadvantaged communities in a number of ways. The project delivers in three (3) result areas covering capacity building of literacy facilitators, provision of teaching and learning material and construction of a community learning centre to be used as a learning hub in communities that are far from educational services. In 2019, a Community Learning Centre was handed over to the community of Mmaothate through financial support from the Bridge Africa Project. As a sign of our commitment to the promotion and protection of cultural heritage, Botswana submitted an appli- cation to host the UNESCO Chair in African Heritage Studies. The proposed UNESCO Chair Programme whose main focus will be provision of education and Research on African Heritage, is expected to close the identified regional gap in heritage studies. In line with Botswana’s Vision 2036, the proposed UNESCOChair Programme seeks to enhance Botswana’s human capital through the development of skills necessary to drive a knowledge based economy. Still in an effort to promote and protect Botswana’s cultural heritage, UNESCO recentlymade a decision to inscribe Seperu folkdance and its associated practices on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding. Promotion of research, science, technology and innovation, is yet another priority for Botswana. As a sign of our commitment to develop these areas, Botswana joined the international community in the commemoration of the 2019 World Science Day for Peace and Development. The commemoration was held in realization of the important role Science, Technology and Innovation plays in building peace, eradicating poverty and in promoting sustainable development. Similarly, efforts are made to strengthen the national capacity to conduct research that can inform policy decision making through grants and hence develop the capacity of our science, technology and innovation sector to a level where it can drive our economy to a high level of efficiency. The activities we shared throughout this edition of the Botswana UNESCOAnnual Report signifies our continued effort to not only implement UNESCOmandate but also to deliver in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As a country, we want to ride on this ambitious agenda to transform and grow our economy for the benefit of our future generation. We are continuing to take measures to ensure alignment between the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development and our national policy documents. We further look forward to another exciting biennium in the imple- mentation of UNESCO programmes that have continued to impact our national development in a number of ways. Finally, I would like to convey my sincere appreciation to the producer of the publication and to specially recognize those faithful stakeholders who have continued to contribute to the success of this publication by sharing with our readers the reports of their activities. B OT SWANA AND UN E S C O Foreword 5 BOTSWANA NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO Kgosi Puso Gaborone Chairperson, Botswana National Commission for UNESCO