In order to fulfill its role of supporting students during the delicate transition from high school to university, the Institute of Development Management (IDM) recently brought together actors from the Gaborone and Francistown campuses to deepen collaborations and discuss services offered at the school.
The process was led by the Students Welfare Office, which seeks to enhance the learner experience and the development of well-rounded, work-ready graduates.
Underscoring the importance of such gatherings, IDM’s National Director, Dr. the Institute.
“We are committed to strengthening teaching and learning to improve the student experience,” he said.
Some of the services offered by IDM to students include a personal and clinical support service, the best space programs for girls such as relationships and unwanted pregnancies achieved through the support of Humana People to People. The boys also receive life skills training and peer education with the help of Men and Boys for Gender Equality.
For his part, Gaone Gaosekwe, Head of Student Welfare at IDM, said, “We aim to improve students’ academic performance, reduce dropouts and increase retention. We achieve this through a number of interventions and methods applied to shape our learners for the future. As an institution that values our learners, we are continually committed to creating a memorable learning experience and providing supportive, non-judgmental strategies along the way. »
Through its partnership with the Department of Community Development, IDM supports the government’s overall affirmative action policy.
A number of students with special needs, orphans, vulnerable children and residents of remote areas are absorbed by the institution.
With the assistance of Humana People to People and Men and Boys for Gender Equality, a number of interventions targeting a learner’s body, mind and soul are applied.
These include: voluntary counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS, distribution of condoms and use of contraceptives with organizations such as Tebelopele Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centre, Health Management Teams district, with Journey of Hope playing a key role.