SDF Scholarship recepient gratuates from Griffith University
Dated : 02.03.2017
A Staff Development Fellow Scholarship recipient, Ms Lesedi Mashumba, is back from Australia where she recently graduated with a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University.
Ms Mashumba joined the University of Botswana in the Department of Sociology on January 13, 2014 as a Staff Development Fellow (SDF). She graduated with a BA Criminal Justice with the University of Botswana in 2013.
She said in an interview that she joined Griffith University in Australia in July 2015 under the SDF Scholarship and graduated on December 12, 2016.
She thanked the University of Botswana for the opportunity to further her studies as a Staff Development Fellow. Ms Mashumba said she would share the skills and knowledge she gained from Australia to enhance productivity and strength UB’s profile.
She observed that her Australian experience widened her scope on methods of Criminological Research, teaching and networks. Ms Mashumba feels humbled by the recognition from Griffith University.
“I will contribute in teaching courses such as cybercrime, terrorism, security and forensic mental health given the shortage of lecturers in those areas in our department,” said an elated Ms Mashumba.
Ms Mashumba revealed that upon her graduation she was awarded the 2016 Griffith Academic Excellence award. She was also selected as the Valedictorian at the graduation ceremony.
“I was grateful for the award as it was an indication of my hard work and perseverance because the road to success is not easy to traverse. But with hard work, drive and determination, it's possible to achieve,” she said.
Ms Mashumba noted that as a UB student she was the founder and president of UBSCJS (University of Botswana Criminal Justice Society) and also contributed articles on crime and legal issues to UB Horizon.
She urged other young people to always take their studies seriously and stay focused as that would open new doors for them and could help improve their professional life.
Ms Mashumba underscored the importance of research in the criminology field because it enabled governments, individuals, the criminal justice system and law enforcement agencies to keep up with trends in crime, legal and security matters.
She warned that crime stifled national development and threatened the foundations of sustainable development. In addition, she said it drains state resources because fighting crime was a costly venture.
She noted that challenges such as the failure of the education systems, redundant government policies, youth unemployment and unregulated labour markets presented a fertile ground for crime and security risks, hence the need for it to be addressed.
She reckoned that deterrence and research could effectively address such problems, noting that deterrence was only effective when punishment was swift and severe.