Moatametsi Disang Monkge

Monday October 05, 2015

Moatametsi Disang Monkge

 

Moatametsi Disang Monkge

GESA 2012  |  Botswana  |  Historian

 

Following my PhD, I hope to join a minority civil society organisation that promotes biocultural diversity and helps indigenous peoples protect their knowledge.

During my BA undergraduate courses, I studied environmental science and archaeology as part of my degree. The two served to open my mind to the relationship between the environment and human populations and how, over time, the two impact upon each other leading to a cultural evolution. My later interest in the study of history and sociology served to compliment what I had already appreciated in archaeology and environmental science. It was thus when I finally began my M.A. history degree, I started volunteering and participating in San issues in Botswana. The San are a minority, marginalised group of people that occupy the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). There I worked with my mentor Dr. Maitseo Bolaane, Coordinator of the University of Botswana San Research Centre, in assisting the San youths to access tertiary education in Botswana, so that later they may help their fellow people, write their books on their culture in order to preserve it. We listened, comforted and counseled them, to successfully interact with other students in the University of Botswana. The centre also solicits sponsorship for San programs held at the University of Botswana, as well as organise workshops for the general San community to voice their issues to the Botswana Government and the general public.

I am currently working on a PhD in history at the University of Botswana, looking at the role of the civil society in Botswana. For the past few years, I have been working with the University of Botswana’s San Research Centre supporting its efforts to provide San youth with access to tertiary education, its advocacy and its various other San progammes. Following my PhD, I hope to join a minority civil society organisation that promotes biocultural diversity and helps indigenous peoples protect their knowledge. I hope through the organisation to spread knowledge that will preserve our environments and animal populations for future generations. My experience with working with the San has greatly enriched my knowledge and I intend to share this with the rest of my countrymen.

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