There is a limit to what governments are able to achieve in society. As responsible citizens in a globalized world, Junior Chamber International (JCI) members take on the challenges around them through local development initiatives. It is against this backdrop that JCI is appealing to private sector and government to come on board and partner with them in their quest to empower the young people.
“We need the support of the private sector and government, both financially and morally, to empower our young people,” said Davis Mogapi, President, JCI.
He said many young people are keen to bring change in society, or become entrepreneurs but they don’t know where to start because they don’t have land or money.
Mogapi noted that the JCI Business Forum, which is intended to provide motivation, mentorship and entrepreneurial skills to young persons, is bearing fruit as they are getting a number of testimonials.
He emphasized that young people need to be creative and original and first-class products can be made that could compete in both local and international markets.
“Young people should not consider our small economy as the world has become one global village,” he said.
Mogapi, however, urged the young people who are not part of the forum to become part of this forum.
“We call in more of the young active population to join this organization with noble objectives and to develop their leadership skills.”
JCI is striving to empower young people to contribute more to their communities in Botswana and has announced that this year they will be driving their objectives under the theme, ‘Effecting a positive change’. This theme runs parallel to JCI’s theme, ‘Passion with Action’.
Further on, he said JCI will do more in causing change through its training programmes that include The Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP), Creative Young Entrepreneurs Award (CYEA), JCI Business Forum, and JCI Debating Competitions.
In addition he said this year they will continue to advocate for youth empowerment and taking part in addressing UN’s 7Billion Action of bringing awareness to all citizens of the challenges of the world population at 7billon mark.
Mogapi said preparation for JCI Africa Middle East Conference in 2013 which will be held in Botswana are underway, “we won the bid to host this prestigious conference as such we are appealing to young professionals, private sector and government to assist in making the event a success. “