‘Empowerment and development’was the theme of the recent workshop held for young people in Mmopane.
A supporter of youth development himself, Kgosi Babedi Manthe, said the convention was part of JCI s initiative to extend their services to different parts of the country especially in the rural areas.
Members attended the convention from JCI Francistown, Jwaneng and Gaborone as well as non-members from across Botswana.
The international delegates came from Lesotho led by the JCI Lesotho founder and mentor, Ms Matitlou Morojele and the JCI South Africa delegation led by South Africa’s JCI National President Prince Skosana.
┬áJCI Botswana attached to Junior Chambers International, a worldwide federation of young active citizens with well over 115 countries as part of its membership.
Locally, it is associated to organisations that deal with issues of youth development. It has attachments to organisations such as the Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC), the Botswana Council of┬áNon-governmental Organisations (BOCONGO) and the Botswana Confederation of Industry and Manpower (BOCCIM).
Their mission is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change.
The event was the thirteenth JCI convection that included youth training, debates and the election of a new JCI leadership.
Dr Nomsa Mbere spoke on volunteerism and the youth. Geoff Bakwena, chief executive officer (CEO) of Stockbrokers Botswana gave a presentation on wise investment opportunities.
Dr Lucky Odirile from the University of Botswana spoke about effective communication. Joseph Lisindi of LCM trained the attendants on leadership while Dr Gape Kaboyakgosi of BIDPA spoke on vision 2016 and available prospects for the youth regarding the vision.
Log Raditlhokwa of the University of Botswana also trained the attendants on managing relationships.
Pastor Andrian Mpofu also gave a sensitisation workshop on relationships. The convention was summed up by a debating competition sponsored by Peugeot Botswana.
The participants who were members of different chapters of JCI in the country handled topics on volunteerism in Botswana and active youth citizenship.
Molema Molema of JCI Gaborone Chapter, David Nyekele also of JCI Gaborone chapter and Matshediso Khesa of JCI Maseru, Lesotho won the debating competition.
Molema Molema was also crowned the best speaker of the debating competition.
┬áThe new leadership includes national president, Malaki Kereeditse of Gaborone, Thatayaone Kokorwe, Palo Mokwena, Davies Mogapi, Moalosi Rathari and Kesegofetse Ipotseng.