GIA education programs win go-ahead in Botswana

Government endorse GIA’s support of local employment through education

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has announced today that its GIA education programs offered in Botswana will be accredited by the Government of Botswana.

The GIA’s Diamond Grading lab classes are provided in Gaborone, Botswana and are designed to enhance the country’s goals of increasing local employment and added value services from its diamond production.

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An education reimbursement initiative has been determined by the Botswana Training Authority (BOTA), a regulatory body of the Government of Botswana, which coordinates and monitors the training provided by vocational training institutions.

Donna Baker, chief executive and president of of the GIA, said: "This is an incredible opportunity to support GIA students in Botswana as they gain gemmological knowledge that will enable them to work with diamonds mined there.”

“The Institute looks forward to continuing to serve the region by fostering skill transfer and skill development in this market to improve the lifestyles of the Botswana community", Baker added.

More information about future GIA courses in Botswana can be found through emailing: or



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