The Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation recently hosted 30 Botswana Defence Force (BDF) personnel for a two-week training in Sport Management, Gym Maintenance, and Gym Instruction.
Participants were drawn from across all BDF ranks. The purpose of the training was to sharpen the skills of the army personnel to improve sport management and performance of their sporting codes.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Gaborone, Head of the Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation, Dr Comfort Mokgothu, said the training was in line with the department and UB’s strategy of community outreach, engagement, and training.
Dr Mokgothu added that it was also part of a broader University’s strategic transformation towards a high performance centre. He also congratulated the graduates for their hard work, good class attendance, commitment and completion of the course within stipulated time.
Faculty of Education Deputy Dean, Professor Tonic Maruatona, said it was important to invest in the development and enhancement of human capital in the military to meet the country’s efforts towards a knowledge-based economy.
Professor Maruatona urged the graduates to continue upgrading the social competence skills they acquired during training as well as to utilise them at their respective work stations to improve productivity. He also appreciated the BDF leadership for choosing to partner with UB to meet their expectations in staff training.
A participant, Lieutenant Colonel Thekegelo Gabofiwe, commended UB for providing quality training because it would help them improve service delivery. He also highlighted that the skills they acquired during training would assist them to improve their performance in international competitions.
Lt Colonel Gabofiwe also acknowledged UB's development towards becoming a high performance center in sport and recreation, arts and culture. He challenged the University to spread its wings across the country to share knowledge and skills as part of its community engagement strategic value.