School leavers’ guide to…selecting an accredited online school

 “Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” Jim Henson, a famous American puppeteer, animator, cartoonist, actor, inventor, filmmaker, and screenwriter.

These inspiring words ring true for many, but especially to those who find themselves in positions of authority over the younger generation.

One such story is that personifies this is that of this lady named Lucia, from Lesotho. As a recent school leaver from a rural school in Leribe, Lucia moved to the big city in Maseru to find work and save up to continue school.

Now employed as a caretaker at a local primary school, Lucia feels she has found her niche in life!
She genuinely loves being among the children and sharing with them. Every day when she wakes up in the morning to go to work , she looks forward to seeing how the teachers engage with the kids. She loves how the children look and smile at her, even when they laugh and talk with her. That is something she can never get tired of.

After classes, while some of the children wait for their parents to come to fetch them, Lucia sits outside under a tree with some of the children and reads them a book. The attention they always give her is beyond measure. Some of the children’s parents would even sit for a few minutes listening to how she reads a story to these children.

While she does all the above, her ambition is to one day study and get a certificate in education. But, her salary and personal responsibilities will not allow her, so she continues reading to the children when she gets the time.

One day as she tells a story of “The Little Princess and the Frog,” she uses her usual “different” voices and animations that the children love and even some of the parents can’t help but laugh along with the children. Soon the school becomes aware of this beautiful gift that Lucia has for the children. 

Lucia is called the next day to come to the principal’s office where she is asked if she has considered getting a primary school teaching qualification. In response, she starts explaining her problem that after secondary school, she had to look first for a job to put food on the table for her single mother and 3 younger siblings back home in Leribe.

If she is to stop work to study, her whole family will suffer.

The principal goes further to ask if she has ever heard about online studies and tells her that if she can pursue some studies, the school would love to upgrade her to teaching status!

Lucia promises to look into this but she wonders if she can select a reliable school with so many advertising these days. Because as much as she would love to apply online, she just doesn’t seem to trust them.

The school head goes a step further and recommends that Lucia try one University he has heard of that is well established in Southern Africa. “It is always advisable, Lucia, to choose a university that has an established campus and is accredited locally in its country of origin.” he tells her.

Besides, the principal explains how she also recently graduated from #BU with an online Med and how it has helped her a lot.

Lucia discovers that Botho university was founded in 1997 in nearby Botswana. Since then it has opened campuses in other Southern African countries such as Namibia, and even neighboring Eswatini! Surely if so many countries trust Botho then she knows it is a safe haven for study.

After browsing the courses offered for online study, Lucia settles for the Bsc Hons In Primary Education and sets about registering immediately.

You may also love children like Lucia, or maybe your passion lies elsewhere and you’re seeking to start your professional life too.

BU can help you discover your dream. To read more about this course or browse other courses Botho University offers online, visit

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9 Comments on “School leavers’ guide to…selecting an accredited online school”

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