In commemoration of its National Teachers Day, Botswana has honoured 174 educators from across the country for their contribution towards education providing each of them with a certificate, a medal and P3000.

In an award ceremony that possessed categories such as honours for long and distinguished service, meritorious, silver jubilee and mid-career, the individuals celebrated this year include the 2020 recipients who could not be honoured due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking during the event in Gaborone on Friday, June 4, 2021, the Minister of Basic Education, Mr Fidelis Molao, disclosed that it was a historical moment for the country as it was the first time a virtual event of that nature was held.

“We managed to reach out to all of our regions and sub-regions and had the opportunity to live stream on Youtube for all teachers across the country to observe,” he said.

Mr. Molao noted that the ministry had to work seriously against the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic which refused the celebrations in 2020. Commending the efforts of everyone involved, he revealed that it was the kind of teamwork that would propel the ministry forward in transforming education in Botswana. He further admonished the teachers and implored them to reflect on their achievements as they celebrated their day and to continue improving on the important work of raising future generations.