GABORONE, Botswana, August 8, 2019 — The British High Commissioner, HE Katy Ransome this week beamed with joy as she unveiled two inspired initiatives; the Chevening Scholarship 2020/21 and #EmploymentAlertBW website launch.
Speaking at Botho University in Gaborone on Tuesday, Ransome said her office celebrates the tenacity and hard work displayed by Botswana youth and thus delighted to be collaborating with #EmploymentAlertBW, as founder Kris Bareki and his team launched the mobile app and website to reach thousands of young people who are continually seeking jobs.
“This ground breaking platform seeks to address the vexing challenge of youth unemployment by notifying job seekers of opportunities through social media platforms. Well done to Kris for such a great initiative and we are delighted that he is including our Chevening scholarship programme on the app. Botswana’s Chevening alumni have a long history of impressing and amazing us here in Botswana, as well as the Chevening Association and their peers, fellow Chevening scholars from other countries, and the institutions that they study at in the UK.
Our Botswana Chevening scholars and alumni are truly fabulous ambassadors for Botswana. They continually embody the spirit of the Chevening brand by becoming national and global leaders in various fields including human rights, media, politics, climate change and education,” said Ransome.
The global network, or family, of Chevening Alumni is now more than 50,000 people. They include heads of state, politicians, heads of international organisations and international NGOs, media professionals, entrepreneurs and activist striving to improve our world.
“This year we are sending 9 scholars for the 2019/2020 cycle, an increase of 2 from last year; Chevening alumna, Honourable Bogolo Kenewendo, Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, was chosen as one of only 35 of the 50,000 alumni to be a Chevening Changemaker to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the scheme; Kagiso Madibana was featured on the global Chevening Impact report for her outstanding volunteerism; Eunice Hanna was coined a “Woman of Power” by The Voice newspaper for her work in collaboration with Ulster University, funded by the UK Government to install solar panels in the off grid village of Jamataka; The Chevening Alumni Association of Botswana (CHAABO)/ led by Obakeng Sethamo, has been chosen by the Chevening Association as a Case Study for being one of the most active alumni associations in the world; The Chevening Alumni Fund has supported CHAABO in becoming one of the most engaged, active and impactful international scholarship alumni globally.
CHAABO has led on important dialogues with local communities. This year they have decided to tackle raising awareness of climate change in rural communities and engage with the public on mitigation and adaptation. They have just concluded a #ClimateFocusBW radio show on Duma FM about Climate Change and will be following up with a high level dialogue later this year,” she concluded.
For his part, Kris said his brainchild movement started on social media before growing exponentially and therefore he had to structure a team to further the project.
“#EmploymentAlertBW is envisioned as a way of assisting, guiding, as well as availing opportunities by providing and profiling information tips on effective job searches, career advice, Curriculum Vitae writing pointers, application letter writing and identifying areas of the economy that are growing. So as we launch the website and the mobile app, I appeal to the corporate community and all individuals to use this platform to help each other acquire employment,” said Kris briefly before the website went live.
The URL is employmentalert.co.bw and the mobile app is both available on android and apple and was developed by a local entreprise intellegete media.