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Julia Preece and Dama Mosweunyane

Botswana is currently regarded as a model of African democracy. Since its independence in 1966 the country has enjoyed unparalleled peace and stability within the African continent. It has also experienced unprecedented changes from being one of the ten poorest countries in the world to its current status as a middle income country. However, in spite of the advances of the last thirty years the nation still experiences high levels of poverty and inequality. Perceived inhibitors to progress in these matters are attributed to the younger generation’s erosion of traditional values and a collective reluctance to take pride in the nation. Their citizenship roles and responsibilities appear to be lacking. There has, however, been little investigation into how the youth’s values have been formed in the context of a rapidly changing world. This book offers an analysis of how the youth are reconciling globalisation influences with traditional cultural values and belief systems. It argues that the youth do care about their nation, but their priorities are different. It also recommends educational interventions that might nurture the best of Botswana’s cultural heritage whilst ensuring an active, democratic citizenry that is relevant to the twenty-first century.

Price: NEW 2004!!

99912-71-32–5 Paperback 136pp

Shelagh Willett
The Khoe and San Bibliography Vol 2

This second volume of The Khoe and San Bibliography lists nearly four hundred and fifty further annotated bibliographic entries covering the social sciences, languages, and history, as well as publications from national and regional San organisations. Short abstracts of each entry are linked to a list of keywords and authors. The two volumes of the Bibliography are the first written presentations of a project based at the University of Botswana, the long term objective of which is to collect and make available to the public all contemporary written documentation on the indigenous peoples of southern Africa, known as Bushmen, San, Khoe or by group names corresponding to language communities. All the materials listed can be consulted in full at the library of the University of Botswana.

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ISBN 99912–71–31–7 Paperback 216pp

B. Chilisa, L. Mafela, & J. Preece (eds)
Educational Research for Sustainable Development

Educational Research for Sustainable Development puts educational research on the sustainable development map. It addresses contemporary issues, such as the need to educate for sustainable health, the role that indigenous knowledge should play in the curriculum, the role of non-formal education in empowering people to sustain their own lives and livelihoods and how colleges and schools should manage themselves in the context of a rapidly changing world. The book will be of interest to researchers, practitioners and planners at all levels, and across the education field.

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99912–71–30–9 Paperback 276pp

Wayne Levy

A book of 'interest' to stimulate readers to explore, investigate, research and ask questions about the media by stimulating aspiring journalists to be enthusiastic, well-informed and interested in reading words, and to ‘hunt’ for ideas and information, by gaining knowledge about the beginnings and development of print and electronic journalism. Many examples drawn specifically from Botswana and Tanzania.

99912–71–28–7 Paperback 176pp

Robert B. Prophet

This ‘really useful’ book has been written to help science teachers and science teachers-in-training to develop and extend the background knowledge that is needed to effectively teach science at the junior secondary level. The book contains extensive information related to the main topics of the syllabus which should be more than sufficient to ensure that the teacher is well informed about all aspects of the topic. Most importantly, the knowledge and concepts for the teacher, especially on developmental issues, have wherever possible been placed in a Botswana context. 2002 276pp Paperback

Price: 2002


Women and Law in Southern Africa (Botswana)
No Safe Place: Incest and Defilement in Botswana

The title of this book captures the unfortunate and often horrifying situation of many children in Botswana. The study has revealed that, contrary to all expectations, the family is no longer always a safe haven for children. No place seems safe as these crimes are mostly committed in those very places of ‘safety’ – within the children's homes, in their neighbourhoods, and at school and church premises, and only sometimes around public places such as nightclubs and bars. The crimes of incest and defilement against girl-children are committed, for the most part, by blood and other adult and older relatives who the children have been socialised to trust, and to whom they look for protection. They are committed at any time of the day. 2002 136pp Paperback


S Willett, S Monageng, S Saugestad, J Hermans
The Khoe and San: An Annotated Bibliography: Vol 1

Covers writing, and film, on the Khoe and San of southern Africa, some of the writing going back 150 years. It will prove a most invaluable resource for researchers and anyone interested in the region, in minority cultures and peoples, and in indigenous peoples. As a primary resource it will also contribute to informed debate on current issues in these areas. Wide-ranging entries include the areas of linguistics, anthropology, art, social relations, development, history, health, history, education, women, environment, music, religion, land tenure, government policy and culture, to name but a few. 2002 256pp Paperback

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I Mazonde (Ed)
Minorities in the Millennium: Perspectives from Botswana

Of late, the demand for transparency as a fundamental feature of democracy has come to the very fore of public life in Botswana. Responding to this demand through very open argument, the contributors to this volume portray where the debate about tribes and minorities in Botswana lies, where it has come from, and where it is heading. The contributors illuminate a shift in public consciousness, and more broadly, point to the very general interest seen in both the politics of representation and the politics of recognition in this African democracy. 2002 144pp Paperback

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Women's Shelter Project
Stories of Courage, Told By Women

The Women's Shelter Project collated these true accounts of women who have experienced and survived various forms of physical and mental abuse. The stories represent a cross-section of social classes, from educated career women to illiterate women from the rural areas of Botswana. Fourteen women are interviewed and tell their own stories. 2001 64pp Paperback


University of Botswana Department of African Languages and Literature
The Structure of Setswana Sentences

The second in a series on Setswana language, literature and culture. Deals with most aspects of the grammar: basic structure rules and rules which are lexical, transformational, semantic and phonological. All new terms and concepts are systematically explained 2000 80pp Paperback


University of Botswana Department of African Languages and Literature
The Sound System of Setswana

First in a series on Setswana language, literature and culture produced by the Department of Africa Languages and Literature at the University of Botswana. It provides a uniquely comprehensive and systematic description of the sound system of the language spoken in Botswana. All new terms and concepts are systematically explained, with many examples. 1999 72pp Paperback


G Frimpong, G Jacques (Eds)
Corruption, Democracy and Good Governance in Africa

Conference papers which include democracy, human rights and development, the crisis of leadership in Africa, corruption of public officials, political patronage, lack of public and private accountability, and economic and social concomitants of corruption and low standards of ethical behaviour in leadership. As an outcome the conference resolved, inter alia, that African governments should promote democratic governance through legitimising institutions such as the judiciary, electoral commissions, and autonomous anti-corruption agencies and that all African countries should take immediate steps to prosecute without inhibition all cases of unlawful overthrow of constitutionally established governments. 1999 288pp Paperback


TP Vanqa
The Development of Education in Botswana, 1937–1987: The Role of Teachers' Organisations

The Bechuanaland Protectorate African Teachers Association was formed in 1937 and later became the Botswana Teacher Union. This is the record of that body's work and achievements in the development of education in Botswana. Amoungst specific matters covered are the emergence of the organisation, the research for a philosophy of education, the hutton report, and the way forward including international links. 1999 235pp Paperback


Emang Basadi Women's Association
A Woman Candidate's Guide To Campaign Management

Emang Basadi Women's Association formally came into existance in 1986 with the broad aim of influencing changes in all aspects of life in Botswana, where women are subordinate and suffer unequal opportunities. This booklet is a step by step guide to empowering women in seeking political office. 1999 32pp Paperback


Emang Basadi Women's Association
The Women's Manifesto A Summary of Botswana Women's Issues and Demands

The first edition of the Manifesto was published in 1994, and has contributed significantly to raising public awareness of the disadvanatges women face in Botswana society. Many of its demands have been addressed to varying degrees. Given the achievements, this second revised edition has been published to review and evaluate progress. Revisions include the bringing together of isues of economic empowerment in one chapter, and new chapters on poverty and violence against women. 1999 31pp Paperback


J Atlhopheng, C Molebatsi, E Toteng, O Totolo
Environmental Issues in Botswana: A Handbook

The authors, all from the Department of Enviromental Science at the University of Botswana,focus on the six issues identified in the National Conservation Strategy:pressure on water resources; rangelands pasture degradation; depletion of wood resources; overuse of veld products; and industrial/urban pollution. Conservation of wildlife is alsotreated as an important issue. 1998 174pp Paperback


Emang Basadi Women's Association
Rape In Botswana Statistics, Profiles, Laws and Consequnces

The prevalence of rape in Botswana is highlighted here by Emang Basadi Women's Association with a view to raising awareness and influencing policy. It seeks to demonstrate that rape is a violation of human rights, and women's rights in particular. Further areas of research are recommended, and the implementation of the law in practice. The areas covered are: the prevalence of rape; patterns and profiles of perpetrators; effectiveness of the procedures used by the police, medical officers and courts; mounting a programme with the media in general; sensitising society to the risks and how women can protect themselves. 1998 40pp Paperback


Emang Basadi Women's Association
Emang Basadi's Political Education Project: A Strategy That Works

Emang Basadi Women's Association formally came into existance in 1986 with the broad aim of influencing changes in all aspects of life in Botswana, where women are subordinate and suffer unequal opportunities. This booklet is a consolidated report of activities conducted under the Political Education Project. It discusses the successes and setbacks, since the project was implemented in 1993. It also highlights the contribution of bringing about gender equality in Botswana, and encourages power sharing and decision-making between the men and women of Botswana. 1998 56pp Paperback


D Dixon, R Doherty
Computer Literacy and Awareness for Botswana

An introduction to computer usage for junior secondary schools in Botswana. Illustrates the necessity for local relevance even in a such apparently 'global' area as computers. 1998 144pp Paperback

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JS Salkin, D Mpabanga, D Cowan, J Selwe, M Wright (Eds)
Aspects of The Botswana Economy: Selected Papers

Botswana has been one of the most successful economies in Africa. This volume of papers by 18 authors who have all worked at the Bank of Botswana, documents the country's economy. Subject areas covered include: economic growth and performance; macroeconomic policies and strategies; financial sector development; industrial development policies and strategies; employment and living standards; and international trade and regional relations. 25 papers, 76 diagrams and charts, 94 tables of data. 1997 592pp Paperback and hardback

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U Dow
The Citizenship Case

Documents the entire court proceedings which led to dramatic changes in citizenship laws in Botswana. 1995 256pp Paperback

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