The policy framework for the implementation of the education sector is based on the National Policy on Education, the Revised National Policy on Education, the new Tertiary Education Policy, the National Vocational Training Policy, the National Credit and Qualification Framework, the Maitlamo ICT Policy, Vision 2016, and the Science and Technology Policy, together with other government policies.

The key objectives of the education sector include the following:

  • ten years of universal basic education
  • increasing access to senior secondary education
  • expanding vocational and technical training
  • promoting lifelong learning
  • increasing access and equity at tertiary level
  • improving access to education services by children with special needs.

The education sector receives the largest share of total government expenditure. Recurrent expenditure on education averaged 28% of the total in the three years to 2009/10. Investment in education continues to be a priority even in the current planning period, NDP 10, in order to achieve the aspirations of Botswana’s Vision 2016.

Over the past 10 years, 2000 - 2010, almost 110 500 students were sponsored by government, nearly 20% of whom were placed in foreign institutions. The highest peak was observed during 2007 and 2008 with between 15 000 and 20 000 students placed in both local and foreign institutions. Since 2000 there has been a gradual decline in the number of placements in foreign institutions, resulting in 5% and 4% respectively for 2009 and 2010.

During the same period there was a significant increase in government sponsorship of students to local private institutions. Although the global economic recession has impacted on the government’s ability to maintain sponsorship volumes, the government remains committed to fully supporting the education of its citizens.

Education Landscape in Botswana

The Government emphasises the development of human resources by investing in education and training to raise productivity. Botswana has both private and public institutions of international standard that meet the increasing demands of the rapidly growing economy.

The primary school enrolment in Botswana is consistent with targets set for the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015. In 2004 the net enrolment rate for the primary school age group, those between 7 and 13 years, was 98.5%.

The transition rate from primary to junior secondary school is 96.9% and there has been an increase in the junior to senior secondary school transition rate as a result of government’s systematic investment in education and expansion of senior secondary schools.

As a result of the government’s efforts and overall strategy to ensure an informed and educated nation, student enrolment increased considerably from 20 000 to nearly 50 000 between 2003/04 and 2008/09.

Botswana Education Hub

Botswana provides a unique investment opportunity based on its background and distinctive historical, cultural, geographical, political and economic characteristics. It has a unique investor value proposition to fully leverage and transform itself into an education investment destination of choice, and a centre of excellence in education, by attracting leading tertiary institutions, scholars, researchers and students into the country. The Government of Botswana is fully committed to the establishment of centres of excellence in selected educational opportunities.


Educational Institutions

  • Post Harvest Technology and Food Quality Research Institute
  • Business School
  • Technical School of Mining and Energy
  • Botswana Academy of Medical and Health Sciences
  • Democracy, Governance and Economic Management Institute
  • Photographic Safari Tourism Training Lodge
  • Centre for Peace and Justice
  • Centre for Advancing Sustainable Development
  • Veterinary Science – specialist training courses for veterinarians and final year veterinary students in wildlife chemical immobilisation.

Specialised Service Providers

  • Buildings/Infrastructure
  • Student Accommodation
  • Staff Housing (academic and non-academic staff)
  • ICT connectivity
  • Catering and Restaurants
  • Bookshops
  • Equipment providers
  • Maintenance service providers (equipment and property)
  • Financial Institutions – A need to establish specialised financial institutions that will provide financial services to students including; transactional banking, student loans, insurance (medical, life, property)

Opportunities in this Sector

See below for the opportunities in this Sector accross various districts in Botswana...