Innovation Kgotla, a 100% citizen owned Non-Governmental Organisation which offers Information Communication Technology skills has partnered with Safari Destinations as the main sponsor of the programme.
The programme which is themed ‘enabling Ngamiland innovation space’ strives to positively impact the youth, children, women, and girls of North-West and Okavango District by providing training, coaching and opportunities in ICT, innovation and digitisation industries.
Speaking during the official partnership announcement ceremony on Friday where Safari Destination donated around 20 mac books, the NGO’s Director Peter Fella explained that the main aim of the programme is to provide training in computers, coding, and ICT skills to youth, women, and girls (especially teenage mothers) in the North-West District.
“As you know, technology plays a crucial role in today’s world, and it is vital that we equip our young people, women, and girls especially those who are economically vulnerable, with the necessary skills to succeed in today’s rapidly changing global economy,” Fella said.
He indicated that the donation will greatly contribute towards the programme’s intention to offer training courses to participants, including workshops in coding, website development, data science, and software programming.
He further noted that participants will also have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning experiences, work on real-world projects, and receive mentorship and support from experienced professionals in the field.
Fella emphasised that for them to achieve the vision of “A future where rural communities in Botswana are digitally empowered and can thrive in the digital age” there is need for partnerships and stakeholder engagement.
He added that their partnership with Safari Destinations is a continuation as they have been engaging with village leaders, government, tribal & traditional and the community. Fella indicated that through their partnership with Safari Destination, they were able to launch the project in March this year. He indicated that the company has also offered a venue for physical classes for those who do not have access to the internet and gadgets.