Galebonwe, aged 26, was appointed Jamataka kgosi nine months ago, taking over from his illiterate father after government updated the village kgotla from arbitration to records.

He told Mmegi that gone are the days when education was not given priority in Jamataka.

He said he was determined to instil the love for education among his subjects.

The holder of an advanced diploma in information technology from the Gaborone Institute of Professional Studies said he wanted to change the mindset of Jamataka residents, especially school children.

He explained that Jamataka residents were not educated because, historically, they were herdsmen for cattle barons; they are poverty-stricken although they depended on Ipelegeng for jobs. “Improving education amongst my people is one of my priorities,” he said.

“I have started mobilising school going children, parents and village leadership on how valuable it is for them to be literate.”

Ever since he was appointed the village kgosi, he has been holding kgotla meetings on school holidays, addressing parents and school going children on the importance of taking their education seriously.

He described the response as good because for the past two terms,

he has not received reports of pupils absconding from school.

In the past, pupils dropped out of school to stay with their parents at the cattle posts.

This does not happen anymore because parents were involved in their children’s education.

Galebonwe said he would also ensure that students with good results no longer dropped out of school.

He added that parents understood the importance of sending their children to school as well as taking part in their children’s education.

This village has a primary school only. Standard seven leavers go for junior secondary education at boarding schools in Nata, Dukwi or Marapong.

The kgosi foresees change in his village in six to 10 years because the people have started to develop interest in education.

Galebonwe’s other challenge is that form five leaders do not apply for further education, even if they have good grades. Instead, they roam the village and partake in alcohol abuse.

He said the government spends money to assist Jamataka residents, who depend purely on subsidies for survival.

He wants to impress upon them that education would enable them to sustain their own lives.