Dr. Justice Kobue Legodi is the first student to obtain a PhD in Setswana from Unisa.
His thesis focused on the Batswana people and their cultural practices. Legodi believes that students understand course content better when they are taught in their mother tongue.
Legodi said that when cultural subject matter is taught in a different language, then the information is often distorted.
"When I was doing research in Setswana, I noticed that the data remained original and that the scientific vocabulary in Setswana expanded"
He did face a few challenges while doing his research. Many times he was unable to find certain publications from institution's libraries. He had to end up visiting villages and traditional leaders to get his data.
According to the Unisa website, Legodi’s supervisor, Professor Daniel Matjila describes him as a committed and cooperative student who always kept in touch with his supervisors.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that the University of North West (NWU) also celebrated a first. NWU's Mahikeng campus saw its first doctoral graduate who wrote her PhD in Setswana. Dr Eileen Elizabeth Pooe was honoured for embracing her culture. According to NWU, the thesis was titled “Taoto ya Phetsolelo ya Mhudi ka Sol T. Plaatje mo Setswaneng jaaka mmusetsagae wa dikwalo tsa Maaforika tsa Seesimane”.
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