Expats will have to think carefully about their children's education options in Botswana. The public schooling system is an option for expats planning to stay long term, but these schools often lack the resources and academic culture many expats expect.

The primary language of instruction for schools in Botswana is English, although there might be dedicated Setswana classes.

Public schools in Botswana

The education system in Botswana has improved as the economy has grown. There are seven years of primary, three years of junior secondary, and two years of senior secondary education. Expats are able to enrol their children in local schools.

However, many public schools outside of the main cities still lack resources and most expats choose to send their children to an international school.

International schools in Botswana

International schools in Botswana are of a high standard and follow a curriculum model from a foreign country. If possible, expats will probably want to choose a school that follows their home country's curriculum to ease their children’s transition into life in Botswana.

Most of the country's international schools are based in Gaborone and offer the UK or International Baccalaureate curriculum. There is often limited space, especially in the schools with good reputations. Tuition tends to be expensive but gives access to high standards of learning, smaller class sizes, first-rate facilities and a wide range of extracurricular activities.

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