Todays post stems from a recent conversation I had with a young man who blatantly said that the government had failed the youth. My reaction was of course, shock!
As a young person who is born and bred in Botswana I know for a fact that I am beyond priveledged and I will tell you why..
Firstly, there is free education in public schools from grade 1 up until university and from what i hear government is to start free day care centres as well.
Now the important question of whether this free education is QUALITY EDUCATION is something for another day.
I am currently in my 3rd year of University,my parents do not have to worry about sustaining me financially because that is all taken care of. My fees for my 5 year law degree. PAID! I get book allowance every year as well as a monthly allowance for living expenses which is around P1400 ( $140)
For a long time the government has been financing people to go study abroad especially for courses not available in the country,all expenses paid. My mother went to study in Australia in the early 2000s just 2 years ago I saw people I went to high school with jet off to the UK. Just like that. One thing i know for sure is that it doesn’t matter who you are,or the kind of family you come from we are all given an opportunity to become educated in this country. I have never met anyone who has never set foot in a class room before,even the older generation.
Moreover,just a few months ago a new programme was launched by the government.The government took 150 Botswana youth who were either unemployed or did not go to school and put them through driving school. All expenses paid.
Although till today I do not quite understand the rationale behind it, how does having 150 drivers improve the economy again?
There is also a number of initiatives which promote entrepreneurial skills amongst us youth the most popular one being CEDA which financially aids young people who want to start their own businesses(dikgwebo)
I quite frankly do not understand why people feel the government has failed them. We need to understand as the youth that there is only so much the government can do for us. We need to learn self-reliance and not just stand there pointing fingers at the government for not funding your business, there are so many initiatives out there that people can use. I recently heard of the TEEP programme during a seminar hosted by Lerato Motshwaragole(Entrepreneur/Actress) opportunities such as these are open to anyone around Africa. There is also the YALI fellowship programme which I have seen many young Batswana taking full advantage off. So why can’t we do what our fellow agemates are doing.
At the end of the day our successes are all up to us and the work we put in. I’m not saying the government does not have a duty towards us,it does. But we also have to work towards our goals and find other means and stop depending solely on the government.
until next time!