Wednesday 09 February 2017- Botswana Insurance Company Limited (BIC) signed off partnership agreements with five Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partners for the year 2017. Out of the five partnerships signed, two were renewals of existing partnerships with The Botswana Society and The Happy Boys Football Club and three new partners came on board, namely The Broadcasters Organisation, Autism Botswana and Pula Sports Development Association. The partnerships are in line with the CSR strategy targeted at the environment, health, sports, heritage youth and culture.
BIC has been in partnership with The Botswana Society (TBS) since 2014 in support of the Society’s long-standing cultural heritage and tourism project and the organisation intends to continue assisting the society in reaching its mandate.
Youth empowerment and sports development is another integral part of the BIC’s CSR strategy and The Happy Boys Football Club have benefitted from this. BIC and The Happy Boys have enjoyed a 1 year partnership following 2 years of continued support which was on a need basis. The aim of the continued partnership is to assist the Football Club reach its goal of empowering the youth and enhancing talent in Botswana.
BIC went on to sign another partnership agreement with Autism Botswana to support the organisation’s mission. In 2016, BIC donated funds towards a pilot project which was carried out in Ranaka in efforts to capacitate the community to help families with autistic kids and develop an early intervention tool which can be integrated into pre existing structures for early identification of children with autism.
The Broadcasters Organisation (TBO) have partnered with BIC to improve and promote digital learning from a grassroots level in different schools in Botswana. A lot more training needs to be undertaken and emphasised in schools especially at primary level therefore TBO have developed the MATSHWAO software which will be installed in selected regions to assist teachers generate computerised academic results reports.
Another partnership agreement was signed with Pula Sports Development Association (PSDA) which aims to nurture positive, impactful and sustainable change in target communities. The funds donated towards the Association will go towards the Café at the Bontleng Futsal Park to make it functional for leasing out as an income generating initiative.
Commenting on the partnerships BIC Managing Director, Johann Claasen highlighted that it is interesting to learn of the positive impact of the organisation’s efforts towards building a better nation.