Botswana endorses impact of digital education policy
Botswana's Digital Transformation Strategy has connected 609 schools to high-speed internet, giving over 387 000 pupils access to e-learning and other digital resources.
The government has also purchased 46 700 electronic devices under this programme, which will be distributed to teachers and students across the country in 2024.
President Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi announced the details as his government reaffirmed its commitment to children's rights last week, coinciding with World Children's Day.
Apart from technological advancements that empower children, Botswana has also constructed child-friendly police stations and imposed harsher penalties on perpetrators of sexual assault against children.
"I wish that we could cement this collaboration with children and start to develop indicators of success so that at the end of four years, we can reflect and see how much we've achieved," Masisi said in a statement.
"This is not an event, but a process," the president remarked. “We must establish defined roles and duties for both children and leaders."
By digitising all industries, Botswana hopes to create a smart and sustainable society.
The approach contributes to the country's goal of transitioning from an upper-middle-income to a high-income position by 2036.
The diamond-rich nation of 2.6 million people aspires to become a knowledge-based economy.