Baboki Kayawe, a journalist at Mmegi newspaper in Botswana and one of of the participants of WAN-IFRA’s Women in News (WIN) Programme, was recently admitted to Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) postgraduate programme in media management. Kayawe was awarded a full scholarship by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA),
I have always wanted to advance myself academically since I realised that having just an undergraduate qualification is not adequate. I could not afford to pay my own tuition fees, but I knew there were limitless opportunities; especially for women in the media to upgrade themselves. Last year, I felt that I was ready professionally to apply for some of these training opportunities since I had close to five-years’ experience in print media. I had already heard about the OSISA scholarship awarded to female journalists in the region through a colleague back in 2011, but I thought my portfolio was not rich enough to grant me a place at the programme back then.
It was late last year that I came across the call for applications through Frayintermedia’s Facebook page.