Limkokwing University of Creative Technology has pledged 20 scholarships for students living with disabilities amounting to P2 880 000.00, to the government of Botswana through Office of the President. This was done at the handing over ceremony of donations to the Presidential Charitable Trust on June 4, 2017 in Gaborone. The pledge followed an announcement that was made by the University in August 2016 stating that Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Worldwide had awarded 20 Tan Sri Limkowing Scholarships for Students with Disabilities for the new academic year of 2017/2018 to the Government of Botswana through the Office of the President, worth P2 880 000.00. The scholarships consist of 100% sponsorship of tuition fee only from any of the University’s 21st Century Innovative bachelor of arts, associate degrees and certificates programmes that shape careers of the future. In 2010 the University awarded 10 Scholarships worth P585 000.00 to people living with disabilities in Botswana still through the Office of the President, and to date all the beneficiaries of the 10 scholarships that were donated in 2010 have graduated with credentials that have allowed them to design in-demand careers and improve their livelihoods. The latest pledge makes the total worth of the 30 Tan Sri Limkokwing Scholarships for Students with disabilities to the government of Botswana, a whopping P3 465 000.00. Limkokwing University’s Head of Public Relations, Mercy Rebaone Thebe said the university has a very strong commitment to widening access to tertiary education in general and to special needs and Orphans & Vulnerable Children (OVC) students in particular as it is an indelible part of the university’s academic DNA.
“It was also worth noting that the University is the largest provider of tertiary education for special needs students in Botswana with 56 students with disabilities currently on campus, and around 30/35 of such students being admitted annually. Limkokwing Botswana is pushing the education transformation envelope and is leading the way as the Innovation and Creativity Hub of Africa. In the goal to promote Botswana Limkokwing University has given itself the role of global connector. Today there are 75 students from all over the continent studying in our campus from 17 countries. Of the current group of special needs students, 15 are from Namibia and are sponsored by the Namibian Student Sponsorship Board (NASFAF). In a similar vein, over 500 Orphans & Vulnerable Children undertake various programmes at the University”. Limkokwing’s Director of Academic Management Onalenna Phambuka said as a globally recognised and well respected University, they pride themselves in contributing towards economic endeavours that uplift communities; engage the youth; and drives the use of the new technologies by answering the call to the new markets and working beyond the mark of the creativity. The Coordinator for People Living with Disability in the Office of the President, Thomas Motingwa extended immense gratitude to the Founder President of Limkokwing University, Tan Sri Limkokwing for the noble gesture, stating that the scholarships will go a long way towards assisting the government with changing the lives of people living with disabilities.