BOCODOL Transforms Into An Open University

 
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Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL) is an autonomous institution that was established through the Act of Parliament number 38 (A) of 1998, made by the National Commission on Education in 1993 (Recommendation number 87); through a recommendation that was approved by the National Assembly in April 1994 as part of the Revised National Policy on Education.

BOCODOL started its operations in 2000 with an enrollment of 2081 comprising only Junior Secondary and Senior Secondary (Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education) education level. The College now has a total of thirty- eight (38) certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and twenty-seven (27) short courses. The College has had a total cumulative enrollment of 133 678 to date. The College has performed beyond expectation as an Open and Distance Learning institution as it boasts an output of 47% which exceeds the average output of Open and Distance Learning institutions. BOCODOL in its endeavor to transform into an Open University developed a Transformation Road Map (2009-2016) that provided thoughts of how the College would expand tertiary education provision whilst down-scaling direct provision of Open Schooling programmes.

BOCODOL through its board of Directors commenced the transformation process. The College undertook an Organisational Review Exercise in 2009/10, adopted an Open University concept paper which formed the basis of a Presidential Directive CAB 37 A of 2011. The Presidential Directive CAB 37 A of 2011 paved way to BOCODOL’s transformation into an Open University. BOCODOL with its transformation leadership developed the 2012-2016 strategy during the financial year 2011/12. This strategy was meant to guide the transformation process to the envisaged Open University.  The transformation to an Open University marks a major milestone in the development of Education for Botswana and a significant step towards realizing Botswana’s vision of an educated nation, which also emphasizes on the elimination of poverty through the provision of knowledge and skills. BOU is founded in accordance to the Act of Parliament prevailing over the former Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning (BOCODOL).

The University’s mandate is to make education accessible to all Botswana especially for the out of school youth and adults using Open and Distance Learning (ODL) methodology. Open learning seeks to break down the barriers to personal development by providing flexible learning environments, enabling people to study what is relevant to their needs, at a time and place convenient to them. The University aims to extend education and training using open and distance learning methods on a national scale.

BOU offerings will encompass programmes from school equivalency, which comprise Junior Certificate (JC) and the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) to the vocational, management and professional programmes at certificate diploma, degrees and postgraduate levels.

The envisaged Botswana Open University has its Headquarters in Gaborone, five Campuses in Gaborone, Francistown, Palapye, Maun and Kang. Each campus serves as an administrative support center and provides learner support through the learning centres strategically located across the country.

BOU aims at being the leading institution. Hence, its vision:

"Inspired Excellence and Empowered Learners for Life-Long Learning

To know more about BOCODOL visit: www.bocodol.ac.bw

 
NewsRita Chan