Meet – Captain Kgomotso Phatsima, one of the first female Military Pilots in the Botswana Defence Force.
She is the Founder and President of Dare to Dream, a social enterprise dedicated to the advancement of young women and girls in STEM Aviation and Aerospace as well as Entrepreneurship development skills.
She holds a Commercial Pilot Licence from Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana, a Basic Military Flying from the Flying Training School (Botswana Defence Force), a Master of Science (MSc) in Strategic Management from the University of Derby and a Bachelor of Education Science in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Botswana.
Captain Kgomotso Phatsima grew up from very humble beginings in a small village called Ledumadumane. A village which is a just a stone throw from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport. She used to walk barefoot to school and see aeroplanes passing over her mother’s house and from an early young age she knew she was born to fly!
Armed with a Bachelor of Education Science in Mathematics and Physics, she joined the Botswana Defence Force in 2009, for a year long basic military training and never looked back.
“When I was growing up in the village I never had the opportunity to sit down with a pilot nor see the inside of a flying machine until I had the opportunity to fly it, after qualifying as one of the first female Military Pilots in Botswana Defence Force l started Dare To Dream to inspire the next generation more especially girls and those who grew up in the village like me and give them a chance I never had, We use the POWER OF FLIGHT to ignite dreams, to celebrate passion and give the upcoming generation a sense of purpose in their education,” said Captain Kgomotso Phatsima.
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