- 23 February 2017
BIUST STUDENTS GIVES BACK TO THE DIKABEYA SETTLEMENT COMMUNITY
The Botswana International University of Science & Technology through the Science Engineers without Borders BIUST (SEWBB) recently handed over toilets at the Dikabeya Kgotla.
The SEWBB Chairman Mr Dennis Maina said the handover is a reflection of a difficult journey they embarked on in a bid to help Batswana.
He said their initiative of giving back to the community is based on living in harmony and sharing the little they have with Palapye community and surrounding areas.
Mr Maina expressed gratitude to the Palapye Member of Parliament Mr Moisiraele Goya and the BIUST management for their esteemed support they offered the society in order to achieve to achieve this noble gesture. Maina promised the villagers that greater things are yet to come as they aim at bringing water to the settlement and refurbishing the Dikabeya clinic.
Founder of the SEWBB Mr Enock Government said coming together with the Mr Goya who is also the patron of the society help to identify problems that needed urgent attention. Mr Government said institutions have responsibilities of giving back to the community as a way of assisting the government to make life easier for Batswana at large. Government applauded the society members for their fighting spirit as they were facing financial constraints but they did not give up.
Giving the keynote address the area Member of Parliament Mr Moisiraele Goya said the toilets will be a permanent resemblance of the existence of BIUST in the Palapye area. Mr Goya who is also the Assistant Minister of Basic Education said he encouraged the students to get and explore Palapye and surrounding areas to identify problems which they can in turn help rectify them.
He said statistics prove that many Dikabeya residents have lost their lives due to crossing the A1 road in search of water hence them being killed by cars along the road therefore he reminded the SEWBB members to work hard in the bid of bringing the water to the designated area near the clinic.
The Assistant Minister said the toilets will fix the problem of poor sanitation and people leaving the Kgotla during meetings in an effort to ease themselves. He said it’s a thing of the past where universities were distancing themselves from the community. He said nowadays they interact with the community hence helping the community. Mr Goya also revealed that SEWBB has a plan of building a foot bridge in Palapye which will help people during rainy season.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research Development & Innovation Professor David Norris expressed gratitude towards the students and emphasised that it is rear for the youth to take such initiatives hence the mandate of BIUST to produce leaders of tomorrow and help in the development of the community.
He said BIUST is an applied research and problem based learning university which means that they aim at coming with solutions that will benefit Batswana. Prof Norris told the attendants that it is high time Botswana joins developed countries in making useful of waste products. He said things like cola waste from Morupule could be used in building tarred roads across Palapye.
Giving vote of thanks The Student Representative Council President Mr Ntesang Seberekinyana thanked Mr Goya for having helped the student realise their dream. He said BIUST has great potential in science and research hence attracting international students to an extent of partnering with foreign universities in academics and some CSR projects. Mr Seberekinyana said even though the university is at its infant stage it has many initiatives that are aimed at solving problems faced by Batswana therefore they should have faith on them.