May 17 will see the coronation of a new queen in Maun for the ‘Queen Esther International Beauty Pageant’.
Inspired by the biblical story of Esther, this pageant is very different and is restricted to born again Christian young ladies.
“The goal of the pageant is to have a Queen who will serve and save her generation by a good role model to other young people,” explained Vehae Tjiriange, the founding president of Queen Esther International Beauty Pageant.
It aims to provide a platform for born again Christian women to contest in a beauty pageant that upholds godly values.
In selecting the participants, there is a request for references from pastors and church elders to show that they are indeed God fearing Christians of high moral grounds.
The queen this year will walk away with a six months months scholarship to study any short course of her choice, 1 year of coaching services with Lemon Dove and a P3000 cash prize.
The 1st Princess will receive a six month’s course of her choice and a P2000 cash prize and the 2nd princess will also get a six-month scholarship for a course of her choice and a P1000 cash prize.
This will be the fourth installment of the annual affair. Former Queens have been responsible for upholding abstinence promotion at youth rallies, schools and youth clubs. They have also worked with the Department of Youth alongside the Minister of Youth Sport and Culture on a behavioral change campaign among youth in all districts.
They further started the Queen Esther club in schools, an abstinence club promoting abstinence, academic excellence, true beauty and botho, Tjiriange added.
In a bid to help young girls who are of unbecoming behavior to change their ways and become better people the organisation conducts youth outreach programs, targeting schools and youth rallies, where sessions for girls are also run separately.
They also run the Queen Esther club with the aim of empowering the girl emotionally, mentally and academically. There is also counseling for the girl child, and they are currently working on an income generating project for the girls in order to further empower them.
There are 15 finalists who will next week arrive in Maun for a boot camp. They will also tour the tourist attraction places in Maun, visit mines, and also do charity work with NGOs like Lorato Baby House, Feed a Child Botswana.
‘The Queen Esther International Beauty Pageant seeks to address issues of HIV/AIDS and alcohol abuse through moral regeneration and spiritual development, increasing intellectual capacity, mind set change, upholding social values, role modelling and mentorship program. The project comes in as a partner in the implementation program of the National Strategy for the Promotion of Good Social Values.’