UNESCO and Botswana foster cooperation

UNESCO Regional Director for Southern Africa, Prof. Hubert Gijzen met Botswana’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tertiary Education,  Dr. Theophilus Mooko and agreed to foster cooperation between UNESCO and Botswana particularly in the areas of education and renewable energy.

Prof. Gijzen briefed the Permanent Secretary about the UNESCO Regional Support Strategy which he said was meant to position UNESCO in the region to address the challenges of member countries, especially focusing on priority areas such as renewable energy and water resources management. He said UNESCO would continue to support Botswana’s efforts to attain sustainable development.

The Permanent Secretary expressed Botswana’s commitment to UNESCO’s mandates and expressed gratitude for UNESCO’s continued support.

Prof. Gijzen also met the Botswana National Commission for UNESCO Executive Committee, chaired by Kgosi Puso Gaborone. He thanked the Commissioners for volunteering to be part of the Commission that fosters cooperation between UNESCO and Botswana. 

The Regional Director urged the Commissioners not just to “think outside the box” but to “step out of the box” so that they innovatively come with answers to the many challenges facing the country and the region at large. 

Botswana is one of the countries covered by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa. It also hosts SADC, a key regional partner for UNESCO.