Companies and Intellectual Property Authority (CIPA) this week held a Copyright Peer Education Project in a bid to train the youth on issues of copyright. The event, which was held this past Tuesday at Botho University in Gaborone, brought together students from various schools – both primary and secondary – to hold talk shows and debates about issues related to copyrights. Copyright Administrator at CIPA, Keitseng Monyatsi, said the aim is to train young people on what CIPA does. The guest speaker at the event Johnson Otlaadisa – a recording artist – encouraged students to identify their talents and use them accordingly. Though he acknowledged the importance of formal education, he said not everyone is cut to make it through it. He hailed government for wising up to the great potential that the arts industry has.
He said in order for the local arts industry to grow, it should be nurtured to the levels that it can be exported to the world arising from high quality work. The workshop was culmination of a series of events that CIPA has held over the last few months to educate the youth on issues of copyright. Five out-of-school youth were engaged by the organisation to create awareness on copyright in schools and youth organisations. The main deliverables of the project were to teach the youth the basics of intellectual property and what is protected under copyright, teach the youth to harness their own intellectual and use them as business assets and also to create awareness on the ills caused by piracy, including respecting other people’s intellectual property.