Professor Wapula Nelly Raditloaneng, MA 1989

Image of Professor Wapula Nelly Raditloaneng, MA 1989I graduated with MA Sociology of Development, Essex University, July 1989.  After completing my studies at Essex, I came back to Botswana to continue my work as A Rural Sociologist in the applied Research Unit of the Botswana Ministry of Local Government. I consider my experience at Essex to have been useful in grounding my work as a Social Scientist.  I am an interdisciplinary Sociologist, an  Adult and health educator with a wealth of more than  twenty eight years of professional experience from different workplaces:  first worked as a Rural Sociologist (Sanitation) for the Ministry of Local Government (six years), Training Officer for De Beers Botswana Diamond Mining Company (DEBSWANA), Jwaneng mine, (one year) Program officer, Social Mobilization, for UNICEF Gaborone, (two  years), an independent consultant (one year) and finally as a Lecturer, (twelve  years),  a Lecturer in Adult Education, (four years) University of Botswana, from January 1994; Senior lecturer (four years) from April 2006; and Associate Professor from January 25th 2011 to- date.

I have a passion for research work and use my experience in Qualitative Methodology from Essex to do part time consultancy work when given the opportunity to do so. Essex has given me the chance to grow to be a seasoned senior researcher and scholar. Since 1991,  I have done total of 19 part- time research- based consultancy projects for the Government of Botswana and international development partners. Regionally,  I have also served as principal investigator on the Botswana side for a collaborative research project on Non- Formal Education and poverty reduction with four other universities under the auspices of British Academy African Partnership Initiative (BAAP) from March 2006 to March 2009. I visited the University of Glasgow annually for meetings with my research partners while the partnership lasted.

I served as a coordinator  (Jan 2010-August  2011)  for  the Botswana Chapter  on  an 18 months collaborative research project on Implementing the Third Mission of Universities in Africa (ITMUA) regional collaborative research  since January 2010 to August 2011. The project, sponsored by AAU/DIFD,  involved  three other universities: Calabar, Malawi, and the National University of Lesotho. A book on Community Engagement in Four African Universities has been published from the research case studies.  I am presently on sabattical leave from June 2012 till May 2013 to write a 16 chapter book on Lifelong learning, poverty, community development and engagement.

My areas of research,  publications and activism  include environmental education, gender issues; the social context of health, Adult and Continuing Education, entrepreneurship skills development, instructional media and materials development, the global impacts of HIV/AIDs, gender-based poverty and poverty identity formation, literacy and post -literacy. I would welcome any opportunity to reconnect with Essex Sociology Department in any ways in which I can be helpful to pay back part of the price.

Contact: Raditloa@mopipi.ub.bw

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