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Botho University contributes to World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

The 15th anniversary of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day was commemorated at Masunga village on May 17th 2017. WTISD is commemorated every year the world over. The objective of the celebrations is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the internet and other Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can bring to societies and economies, as well as awareness of ways to bridge the digital divide.

This year the day was celebrated on the theme “Big Data for Big Impact”, focusing on the power of Big Data for development. The aim was to explore how to turn imperfect, complex, often unstructured data into actionable information in a development context.

A number of government and private organizations sponsored the event, including Bofinet, Water Utilities Corporation, Botswana Railways, Bocra, Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Mascom, and Department of Information Technology, to mention a few. As a private and leading higher education provider in Botswana for 20 years, Botho University also sponsored the event and expressed its commitment by presenting certificates to 15 students, who were offered free studies on ICT skills. The certificates were presented by the Dean of Office of Staff Student and Outreach, Mr. Mosoma Kgotla.

As a build up to the main event, celebrations started with International Girls in ICT Day on May17th. The campaign is meant to empower and encourage young women and girls to consider a career in ICT, by introducing them to possibilities and opportunities available in the field of technology. On this day girls gain insight into the ICT sector from a female perspective, through meeting women role models. This year four IT women from Botswana Post, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Civil Aviation Association of Botswana and Bofinet shared with the girls their career journeys in IT. All the ladies reminded the girls that hard work pays and encouraged them to use social media for their benefit. The girls were also given a chance at “hands on” experience in technology through practical experiments in the computer labs. Officiating on the day, Kgosi Maruje Masunga III noted that girls have been left behind in many areas, IT included. He emphasized that this is the chance to close the gap between the girl and boy child in terms of roles and capabilities.

WTISD official day – 20th May, 2017: Minister of Transport and Communication, Hon. Kitso Mokaila officiated the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day. The minister highlighted how the interactions of different data occur through mobile devices used in developing nations like Botswana, whose needs and habits have been poorly understood. The event was an opportunity to educate Batswana on the potential of channeling these torrents of data into actionable information that can be used to identify needs, provide services and predict and prevent crises for the benefit of our nation.

Hon. Mokaila also noted that Information Communication Technologies are intelligent, and if used accordingly would benefit the country and take it to another level.

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