Barclays Bank Looks Out for Youth

| May 28, 2015

Government remains committed to ensuring that conducive environment exist for the private sector to thrive so that more corporate social investment initiatives are implemented countrywide.

The Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Mr Thapelo Olopeng, said this at the closing ceremony of launch of the Barclays Youth Education and Empowerment Project (YEEP), popularly known as Tweende.

This is a Barclays Bank Botswana initiative which aims to provide employability and income generating opportunities and reduce youth vulnerability to social ills including HIV in Ngamiland East. Mr Olopeng said youths constitutes a large segment of the population and are most vulnerable to poverty, unemployment and HIVAIDS.

He said the government therefore faces challenges of development and empowerment of young people to become independent and contribute to the country’s socio-economic development. Minister Olopeng said the government would like to promote and work with strategic partners to implement initiatives like Tweende in order to address the needs of the youth.

For his part, the United Nations (UN) resident coordinator, Mr Anders Pederson has challenged the nation to step up the fight against HIVAIDS epidemic in Botswana. He said Botswana is one of the leading countries in the world which has made visible efforts in bringing HIVAIDS epidemic down.

Mr Pederson said while unemployment remains a challenge to young Batswana, there was need to empower them with knowledge and information so that they could tackle the spread of the disease.

He said young people face many challenges such as poverty, discrimination, drug abuse just to mention a few hence the need to equip them with the right health education in sexual reproductive related issues. Mr Pederson noted that being equipped with the right skills and information would motivate them to be active and fully participate in the development of the country.

“Botswana is one of the most countries which has the highest penetration in terms of social media and that makes it easy to convey the messages,” he added.

The director of Project Concern International (PCI), Ms Dorothy Tlagage said the Tweende project showed the important role played by the NGO sector in development of the country noting that the project was designed to improve the quality of life of vulnerable youth in the district aged 18-35.

Ms Tlagae said to address the challenges that young people face calls for a number of approaches, layered and linked to one another, focusing on life skills training that would improve the interpersonal and cognitive skills, career guidance, HIV prevention, sexual and reproductive health education to better prepare them for adult life and the world of work.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

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