Botswana educators to visit WCU; public invited to attend open forums

A delegation of educators from the Republic of Botswana will visit Western Carolina University for a week beginning Monday, July 17, as part of a continuing collaboration to address special needs students in that country.

Two campus events will be open to the public on Thursday, July 20, both in Room 104 of WCU’s Belk Building:

  • 9:15 until 11:15 a.m. A special presentation by the visiting delegation.
  • 12:30 until 3 p.m. An open discussion during an international forum.

A group of WCU faculty and students toured the South African country in 2016 to learn firsthand the challenges faced by teachers there. During their stay, the WCU group presented workshops, performed assessments in rehabilitation hospitals and worked alongside teachers in special needs schools.

The challenge is for Botswana to meet special education needs with limited resources, said Amy Rose, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, and hosting faculty member. That will require more teacher workshops, creation of programs and expansion of existing facilities in a country already beset with health and environmental problems in an emerging economy.

For more information, contact Ling Gao LeBeau, director of WCU’s Office of International Programs and Services, at 828-227-3433 or