Quick Facts

  • Botswana is a sizeable country — comparable to France – but its population is small at about 2.3 million.
  • English and Setswana are their main languages, but more than 20 other languages are spoken in Botswana.
  • Botswana has one of Africa’s highest literacy rates: 88% for males and 89% for females.
  • Life expectancy in Botswana is around 63.6 years for men and 68.4 years for females.
  • Botswana’s HIV/AIDS prevalence rate is 20.3%. The third-highest rate in the world. 38% of children are on antiretroviral treatment.
  • The Kalahari Desert is one of Botswana’s main attractions. It covers nearly 85% of the country and is larger than Portugal.
  • The current unemployment rate in Botswana is around 18.10% compared to 3.7% in the United States.

Botswana

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Botswana, a former British protectorate, gained independence in 1966. The country’s economy depended primarily on livestock until the 1970s when Botswana became a major exporter of diamonds. Currently, Botswana has one of the most successful economies and stable democracies in Africa. 

Education in Botswana: The early years of education are taught in Setswana then children are introduced to English. All subjects are taught in English in secondary schools. With the Ministry of Education, the African Library Project has concentrated on establishing primary school libraries in Botswana since 2005. 

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