The Minister of Education and Skills Development, Unity Dow has launched a performing arts programme at Limkokwing University of Creativity Technology dubbed ‘Unleash Your Star qualities’. Dow said that as the education sector they have done comprehensive situation analysis focused on diagnosing the deficiencies in the entire education sector to determine causes of low academic performance at all levels, the quality of relevance of education and skills development for the economy. She said the performing arts programmes have been reviewed in order to bring outcomes and help the many young people make a living out of them.
She said they want empowered youth who can use their talent together with acquired skills for a sustainable livelihood. She said the development of functional partnership between MOESD and Limkokwing University is vital to nurture talent. “It is with great pleasure that I officially launch the performing arts programme, a partnership between MOESD and Limkokwing University facilitated by the renowned Socca Moruakgomo,” she said. Limkokwing’s Onalenna Phambuka said that they believe the project will unlock the promise of the future of entrepreneurs in performing arts and creative industries. “This project will provide a platform for Botswana’s unique, innovative creative talent to showcase fresh ideas,” she said. Phambuka said that they feel excited and privileged to have launched the programme.
The university invited Karolina Baltulyte from Limkokwing Malaysia who talked about the performing arts programme that they offer in Malaysia which covers all areas from performance, videography, set design to music production, script writing and directing and costume design and makeup. Moruakgomo said the essence of the programme is to empower out of school youth. The participants in the programme will be accredited by Limkokwing University. “Artists will be divided among one musical, and two theatre plays, which will launch a career for the participants as professional artists,” he said. The selected participants will be brought to one place and undergo a six month intensive training in singing, dancing and acting.