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MINISTRY EMPOWERS ITS YOUTH
25/10/16
MINISTRY EMPOWERS ITS YOUTH On their daily struggles to find permanent jobs and establish their own businesses, many youth remain hopeless and end up resorting to measures that could either help them kick start their carrier or put their lives in danger. The Ministry’s Youth office therefore saw the need to empower the youth under the ministry who are still looking for employment by hosting a two day youth empowerment workshop to prepare them for most of the challenges they face daily. This workshop featured youth attached under Tirelo Sechaba, Government Volunteer Scheme, internship and those employed permanently under the Ministry working both under the HQ, departments, tribal and councils.
MINISTRY EMPOWERS ITS YOUTH

MINISTRY EMPOWERS ITS YOUTH

On their daily struggles to find permanent jobs and establish their own businesses, many youth remain hopeless and end up resorting to measures that could either help them kick start their carrier or put their lives in danger. The Ministry’s Youth office therefore saw the need to empower the youth under the ministry who are still looking for employment by hosting a two day youth empowerment workshop to prepare them for most of the challenges they face daily. This workshop featured youth attached under Tirelo Sechaba, Government Volunteer Scheme, internship and those employed permanently under the Ministry working both under the HQ, departments, tribal and councils.

Senior Manager Local Authorities Dineo Malefho said in her opening remarks that the government is mindful of the fact that youth unemployment is a problem and intends to address it within the framework of the National Youth Policy. Causes of youth unemployment include lack of right skills, wrong educational system, mismatches between education and needs in labor market and structural lack of working places.

To address some of them Mrs. Malefho said the Ministry is creating opportunities that exposes the youth to the world of work, stating that as at August 2016, a total of 1546 youth were attached under different youth empowerment programmes across the Ministry and its departments and 347 were offered temporary employment under different positions. Although many have not been absorbed into the ministry, they are given a chance to gain experience, advising youth to take advantage of these opportunities offered to empower themselves with work related behavior and policies that govern an employee’s behavior.

Through their search for jobs even across borders, the youth have been exposed to many dangers which include human trafficking. To address this topic the Youth office invited Mr. Madoda Nasha from the Ministry of Defense Justice and Security who cautioned the youth on taking any jobs outside the country which are mostly advertised in social media. He said many people have been taken advantage of by the traffickers and later used as prostitutes outside Botswana especially women and children. The youth were cautioned against such desperate measures which leaves them vulnerable to human trafficking.

In his motivational speech, Kaone Ramontshonya, a PR officer within the ministry said every successful person has had to pass through trying times to reach their dreams hence it does not have to matter much about where one is right now. All that matters is having faith, patience and using every opportunity one is given to shine. He urged the youth to not take lightly the opportunity of being attached in the ministry and work hard because they may never know who is watching and where their blessings might come from. the attendants learnt more on entrepreneurship awareness and employability skills among others.

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