Nine University of Botswana students have received the Barclays F. G Mogae Scholarship. The students received the scholarships on November 28, 2019 to pursue masters programmes in various disciplines for the 2019/2020 academic year .
The recipients are Mr Dimpho Mhlabano, Mr Gilbert Gababonwe, Mr Gorata Matome, Mr Kago Rabasoma, Mr Poloko Kefithile, Ms Rina Phuti, Ms Tshegofatso Victor, Mr Morekolodi Kakambi and Mr Thabo Tlale. Their fields of study are Law, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Accounting, Economics, Engineering, finance, Information Technology, Mathematics, Archives and Records Management as well as Business Management.
The F.G. Mogae Scholarship was established in 2008 in honour of former president, Dr Festus Mogae. Speaking at the event at Avani Hotel, Barclays Bank Managing Director, Ms Keabetswe Pheko Moshagane, said the scholarship was aligned with Vision 2036 which sought to make Botswana a high income and prosperous country.
Ms Moshagane explained that the scholarship was named after Dr Mogae for the dedication he displayed in serving Batswana as well as contributing knowledge and wisdom to other African countries.
“In 2008 we increased funding to P3 million to increase the number students enrolled for the scholarship to 38 students, most of them having been admitted at UB,” said Ms Moshagane.
She said Barclays Bank was committed to promoting and supporting education because it was an essential part of personal development and major contributor to the country’s economic and social development.
“Barclays remains focused on investing in education to help in transforming the country from resource-based to knowledge-based economy,” said Ms Moshagane.
Furthermore, Ms Moshagane explained that Barclays supported government efforts to promote and drive Information Communication Technology (ICT) to move the country forward.
Meanwhile, Barclays F. G Mogae Scholarship Patron, Dr Mogae, said he was proud and delighted to make a contribution towards the community such as providing quality education targeted at empowering the youth of Botswana.
“I have been part of this fund since 2008 and I am truly humbled to contribute towards the education and empowerment of the youth. The scholarship was established with a clear purpose and vision aligned with that of our government,” said Dr Mogae.
Dr Mogae added that the scholarship came a long way unearthing the great potential young Batswana possessed to attain academic excellence and in turn contribute to economic development as well as giving them opportunity to qualify for jobs they would otherwise not get without their training.