As part of the continuous twinning efforts with Francistown, the City of Genk, Belgium, donated P143 300 to the Francistown Youth Center on Monday.
When presenting the donation at the Civic Centre, the Deputy Mayor of Genk, Jenine Steyvers told the participants that the donation was geared at developing the Youth Centre as a way of empowering the youth with Information Technology skills.
“The Ministry of Education and Skills Development needs such kind of donations because education is very important,” she said.
Steyvers stated that the donation was funded by a Telecommunication company in Belgium, called Telenet, which also has a foundation.
However, giving the background of the Francistown Youth Centre, the Youth Officer, Sissy Seemule, highlighted that the City of Genk has contributed a lot in funding the Youth Centre. She indicated last year they made another donation of 25 computers.
“During the signing of the memorandum between the two cities, we despaired on how to deal with a first world country like Belgium,” she said, “but we made a proposal that today has shown results and our youth have benefited.”
Seemule further implored the youth to utilize the youth facility to empower themselves for their future.