Gaborone, Botswana — The World Bank Group in Botswana has congratulated Ephraim Modise, a 4th year computer science student from the University of Botswana, for winning the 2019 Blog4Dev competition in Botswana. Blog4Dev is a blogging competition that invites young people to share their views and solutions to challenges facing Africa’s development.
The 2019 Blog4Dev competition was launched by the World Bank Group on October 17, 2018 as part of the annual International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (End Poverty Day). The competition was launched in 48 Sub-Saharan African countries. Young people aged between 18-28 years were asked.
“What will it take to enhance the skills needed to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work?” Having been launched for the first time in Botswana, the competition attracted 16 bloggers from Botswana alone. The 16 blogs were reviewed by a panel of judges with the top 5 bloggers invited for an interview to assess each candidate’s ability to present and defend their ideas. Ephraim Modise took first place, while Thulaganyo Mathuba and Wame Mhlangu attained second and third positions, respectively.
With nearly half of Botswana’s population being below the age of 30, the perspectives of the nation’s youth must be given due consideration. The Blog4Dev competition provided young Batswana with a platform to be creative and share their ideas on the development of Botswana and Africa.
“The submitted blogs suggested many ideas and solutions to prepare Africa’s youth for the digital economy and the future of work. With so many high-caliber applicants, selecting the best blogger was a challenging exercise”, said Xavier Furtado, World Bank Country Representative to Botswana and Special Envoy to SADC. “The World Bank in Botswana will continue to listen to the voices of young Batswana. Their energy and ideas are essential to the work of the World Bank and Botswana’s success.”
Ephraim has won an all-expenses paid trip to attend the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF on April 12-14 in Washington D.C. He will be joined by other winners from across Africa to further debate and exchange ideas on how to accelerate Africa’s development using the digital economy.
“I entered the competition with a lot to write about. While the 500-word limit restricted me, the oral interview provided me with a platform to further elaborate on my ideas”, said Ephraim Modise, Winner of the 2018 Blog4Dev Competition. “I am very excited. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”