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Sesigo launches in Morwa

Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture has approached Bill and Melinda Gates in the United States of America to assist in bringing library services in Botswana at par with the information technology era.

Speaking at the launch of Sesigo computer project at Morwa reading room on April 27, the Director of Library Services Mr Matlho Tamocha said the existing connection between the Botswana government and Gates family led to the birth of Sesigo project, whose objective is to give Batswana free education through the use of computers and internet.

He said the Gates Foundation contributed P33.25 million while the government gave P6.5 million towards the Sesigo project. He noted that Morwa library was among 42 libraries to be equipped with computers hence the celebration.

Mr Tamocha said through Vision 2016, library services focused on the pillar of “An educated and informed nation” which the library services department has taken to heart.

For his part, Director of Library Services at BIUST, Mr Clement Namponya said libraries are information centres that provide wide or different types of information that any individuals can use to improve his or her life.

He said the day’s theme “Building an informed nation through the use of information and communication technology” indicates that the use of ICTs in today’s world contribute to the society by improving peoples’ lives through the use of information got from computers and internet.

Mr Namponya further said, “We are living in an era of ICT which is a period of information computer technology characterised by rapid technological developments and high speed information dissemination through radio, television and print media.”

The director added that libraries through the Sesigo project have been equipped with computers which are used for various purposes including typing documents, playing games and searching the internet.

Mr Namponya said Morwa village reading room is open to all residents of Morwa not civil servants and students only. The library, he said would go a long way in bridging the gap when searching for local and global information.ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Booster Mogapi

Location : Mochudi

Event : Computer Project Launch

Date : Apr 29 Mon,2013

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