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MLG Celebrates Families
30/05/11
Though the International Society commemorated Family day on the 15th of May 2011, The Department of So­cial Services and Batswana com­memorated the day on Wednes­day, the 18th May 2011, under the theme; Confronting family poverty and social exclusion.

Though the International Society commemorated Family day on the 15th of May 2011, The Department of So­cial Services and Batswana com­memorated the day on Wednes­day, the 18th May 2011, under the theme; Confronting family poverty and social exclusion.

The event at which the Honorable Minister of local Government, Mr Lebonaamang Mokalake officiated was held at Tsabong in the Kgala­gadi District with the proceedings of the day starting from the Tsa­bong Police Station with a march to the sports ground.

The main objectives of this day were; to promote awareness of critical family developmental challenges as well as promote ap­propriate action; To share socio-economic mitigation strategies undertaken in confronting family poverty and social exclusion, and To dialogue on the national and global impact of poverty and so­cial exclusion on families.

The International Day of the Fam­ily was a result of a proclamation by the United Nations General As­sembly, which caused member states to reflect on their family re­lated policies and programs and take a deliberate action to improve the position and wellbeing of the family and create awareness of the family as the natural and funda­mental unit of society. Botswana as a UN member state thus commit­ted itself to making the declaration a reality.

 

Some of the activities done by Bot­swana in an effort to make the dec­laration a reality are:

2003 - Two awareness regional workshops were held at Ghanzi and Selibe Phikwe to create aware­ness on the family issues and for­mulating recommendations for dealing with such issues.

2005 - A conference marking the 10th Anniversary of the Interna­tional Year of the Family was held in Gaborone.

2008 - Commemoration of the Day was held at Otse village in South East District.

2009 - The Day was held at Shashe Bridge village in North East District.

2010 - Theme “The impact of mi­gration on families around the world”. North West.

2011 - To dialogue on the national and global impact of poverty and social exclusion on families, the day was commemorated in Tsa­bong in the Kgalagadi District.

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