Our History

Establishment of Botswana Training Authority

This Vocational Training Act was the starting point for the establishment of the Botswana Training Authority (BOTA) as a Parastatal under the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs in 2000. The second phase of the project (03/2000 to 07/2004) concentrated on institution building and staff development, in order to prepare BOTA for its role to reform, operationalise and monitor the vocational training system of Botswana. In 2002, the scope of the project was widened by introducing a component on "Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in the Vocational Training Sector" as a joint venture between BOTA, GTZ and the German Development Service (DED).

BOTA became operational in January 2000 with the appointment of the members of the Board of Directors. The Chief Executive Officer was appointed in October 2000.

Strategic Plan and Plan of Operation

The first Strategic Plan and a Plan of Operation were developed by Board members, the Chief Executive Officer and the GTZ Project Team and key stakeholders. These documents were developed in November 2000 before any professional staff was recruited. These were followed by a recruitment exercise to create capacity for BOTA to undertake its mandate.

German Technical Cooperation (GTZ)

The "Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH" (German Technical Cooperation) is a government-owned corporation for international cooperation with worldwide operations. GTZ's aim is to positively shape the political, economic, ecological and social development in the partner countries, thereby improving people's living conditions and prospects. Through the services it provides, GTZ supports complex development and reform processes and contributes to global sustainable development.

Reform of the Vocational Training System, BOTA

A Bilateral Project between the Governments of Germany and Botswana, based on the Technical Agreement of 1974: Reform of the Vocational Training System, Botswana- Botswana Training Authority (BOTA).

The aim of the project "Reform of the Vocational Training System, Botswana-Botswana Training Authority (BOTA)" was to support Botswana in its reform of the Vocational Training System. The project was designed for a total period of 10 years. It started in November 1996, when the German Government was approached by the Botswana Government seeking for support in the development of a Vocational Education and Training Policy and a Vocational Training Act. During the first project phase, the "National Policy on Vocational Education and Training" was approved in 1997 and the "Vocational Training Act" in 1998.

GTZ`s Role and Input

GTZ`s role was to support BOTA with technical expertise to achieve its set purpose until March 2008: "Key elements of the Vocational Training System were reformed, operationalised and monitored". The Project Purpose described in the latest offer to BMZ was that "The national vocational training agency BOTA ensures for selected pilot measures that vocational training is done demand-driven and in appropriate quality".

GTZ's input consisted mainly of the two long-term advisors (one Team Leader and one International Expert), a Project Support Assistant and some limited funds for partner training and workshops, local and international short term experts and other project-related costs. GTZ also supported the mainstreaming of the HIV/AIDS response activities into the Vocational Training Sector that started in 2002 as a cooperation between GTZ, the German Development Service (DED) and BOTA.