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YDF can combat youth related social ailments
19/09/16
YDF can combat youth related social ailments The Assistant Minister Frans Van Der Westhuizen advised the youth of Mabudzane to make informed decisions as their future depend on them. Botswana has introduced several initiatives to combat crime, HIV/AIDS and poverty amongst the youth. This was said by the Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Hon. Frans Van Der Westhuizen recently in Mabudzane.  

YDF can combat youth related social ailments

The Assistant Minister Frans Van Der Westhuizen advised the youth of Mabudzane to make informed decisions as their future depend on them. Botswana has introduced several initiatives to combat crime, HIV/AIDS and poverty amongst the youth. This was said by the Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Hon. Frans Van Der Westhuizen recently in Mabudzane.

Honourable Van Der Westhuizen said the Youth Development Fund (YDF) is an empowerment programme aimed at promoting active participation of the youth in the socio-economic development of the country. He said the programme also encourages the out of school, marginalised and unemployed youth to venture into sustainable and viable income generating projects.

He said even though Botswana is faced with challenges of moral and social illness which require collective efforts in order to overcome , the North East Youth Empowerment Against Crime and HIV/AIDS group seeks to involve the youth in community policing and development, increase the percentage of youth who take part in self-empowerment activities, help Botswana attain its Vision of being a safe and secure nation by 2016, build a strong partnership between youth, police and the community, and provide preventative, curable, care and support services and effectively monitor and evaluate the situation of HIV/AIDS impact in the North East District.

“Young people should and acknowledge that they should and can create choices in life, but they should be aware of the implication of their choices and make informed decisions. I urge the youth to actively participate in this project as the youth is the future leaders of this country” said Honourable Van Der Westhuizen.

For her part, the project Vice Coordinator, Ms Esther Senyana Peo said they has been in partnership with the community in a effort to achieve a safe and secure nation since 2008. She said the project was launched in Makgonatsotlhe cluster which is made up of Tsamaya, Themashanga, Siviya, Jackalas No. 2 and Mabudzane villages.

She further said this years’ commemorations mark the 8th year of the collaboration, which is a commendable achievement. She said this year’s theme is “Sports play a pivotal role in the fight against crime and HIV/AIDS”, which is appropriate as it emphasizes the basis upon which the project was started.

She further said the project is based on the idea that when young people are empowered, they can be responsible citizens of this country. “If objectives of this project are implemented, our youthful populace will be able to avoid being at risk of pressures of life that can push them towards crime and the risk of HIV infection.”

When speaking to the theme she said sport brings unity and pride to every nation. She added that engaging in sport as well as giving support to sports will in a way ensure that they deal with the social and moral issues faced as a nation.

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