Dipela Does It for Out of School Youth

| November 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

The fifth time Presidential Competitions award winning traditional dance group, Dipela Tsaga Kobokwe Cultural Troop has continued to pull youth out of streets and develop them to lead better lives.

The group’s patron, Oswald Kopi said in an interview that though the Molepolole based group has so far proved successful in traditional dance, the focus is not only competitions but to develop the youth and promote culture.

“We encourage our members to re-write their Junior Certificate (JC), Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE), help them write CVs and references and negotiate jobs for them where possible,” said Kopi.

He said since the inception of the group in 1997, the development has yielded good results as some members have found permanent jobs while some got admitted in tertiary schools.

“Losing members in this manner does not pain us as this is our core mandate of developing the youth. It rather gives us another chance to develop other people hence we have no exact number of our members as they keep on going and getting in,” he said.

Kopi said the group researches on traditional songs and dance, gathering information from grass roots level in order not to distort culture hence their difference from other groups.

For his part, the chairperson of Dipela Tsaga Kobokwe Traditional Troop, Ontefetse Porogo said as a way of giving back to the community, the group has attached some of its members as full time coaches of traditional dance at Boitshoko Junior Secondary School, Lephaleng, Botlhapatlou and Gamodubu Primary Schools.

“We have started sponsoring the best overall student on academic performance, sports and culture in junior secondary schools in Molepolole and a floating trophy will be awarded,” Porogo said.

So far, they have spent P3500 to sponsor the best academic performing students of Boitshoko JSS and the same gesture would be extended to primary schools, as a way of encouraging students to partake in culture.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Human Rights

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