Botswana And Unesco 18th Edition

I n an effort to increase the visibility of UNESCO at national level, the Botswana National Commission for UNESCO is pleased to share with our readers, the 18 th edition of the Botswana and UNESCO Annual Report. This annual report gives us yet another opportunity to share with our readers some of the achievements we made in 2019 in an effort to implement UNESCOmandate at national level. Though the report cannot cover everything we did throughout this year, we are happy that we at least have a forum where we can share some of the great achievements we experienced this year. The Botswana and UNESCO Annual Report is not only a reminder of the good work we have done throughout the year in our effort to implement the UNESCO mandate but it also presents a great opportunity for us to look back with a view to review our actions and identify areas of possible improve- ment going forward. Though the report is produced primarily to promote UNESCO and its activities, it is also another way of ensuring that Botswana derives maximum benefit from her membership to UNESCO, for the benefit of our community. In the spirit of leaving no one behind, we try as much as we can to include all our stakeholders in the compilation of the report so that we all are able to present our individual contributions towards the achievement of not only the UNESCO mandate but also of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. This report covers a number of initiatives undertaken by government and non-governmental entities having a relationshipwith UNESCOmandate across five fields of competence, covering education, the sciences, culture and communication and information. We therefore note with appreciation that some of the activities cover capacity-building programmes conducted by UNESCO with an effort to improve our capacity as a nation, to drive UNESCOmandate. While some of these activities were imple- mented through UNESCO support, majority were funded throughministerial budget allocations, which is a clear indication of Botswana’s level of uptake on UNESCO programmes. The 18 th edition is yet another effort to enrich our documentation heritage and as such, I encourage all of us to be a part of this process. We urge those who have not used this platform in the past to consider using it in future and for the business community, this is an opportunity to grow your business by advertising your goods and services in a global platform. To ensure a wider publicity of our activities, our producer, together with UNESCO as our main sponsor have ensured that the report is free and available through online and offline platforms. We therefore take this moment to show appreciation to all stakeholders for their continued support for this publication, through their contributions which range from articles to advertisements. I need to indicate that, our documentation heritage need all our contribution and alone we could have not made it this far. We have noticed lately that our report is attracting a lot of readers who visit our office at different intervals to request some copies of the report. As such, I want to thank our contributors for their quality articles. On behalf of UNESCO and the Botswana National Commission for UNESCO, I want to finally take this moment to thank the producer of this report for the good work he has been doing in the past and by making this production a success, we look forward in anticipation for yet another informative report. B OT SWANA AND UN E S C O Introduction 7 BOTSWANA NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO Ms. Dineo Bosa Modimakwane Secretary General, Botswana National Commission for UNESCO