In the context of education, "Thuto" is another important word in Setswana. It is related to the verbs "go ruta" (to teach), and "go ithuta" (to learn), and is usually now translated "education" or "learning". It appears in the University of Botswana motto, "Thuto ke thebe" (see chart below): literally "Education is a Shield", perhaps with an echo of "Knowledge is Power". More on the Botswana academic web-site Thuto.org.
The "Man and the Beast" depict the spirit of a fundraising campaign spearheaded by the late President Sir Seretse Khama in 1976. The campaign, formally known as the Botswana University Campus Appeal (BUCA), or motho le motho kgomo, was launched to raise money for the construction of the Botswana Campus of the University of Botswana and Swaziland (UBS).
BUCA followed in the wake of a unilateral nationalisation of a joint-university campus facility in Roma (then the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland UBLS, established in 1966) by the Lesotho government. The campaign galvanised our national culture of philanthropy and the spirit of self-reliance. Batswana and other stakeholders made contributions of all types (including cattle, cash, grain, eggs, etc.) towards accomplishing the set target of one million rand. This is the root of the University of Botswana, which subsequently was established on the 1st July 1982.