With March declared a Month of Youth Against Aids, Remmogo Youth Organisation, a brain child of Kagiso Morebodi, has launched its 2011 theme song titled “a re itlhokomeleng”.
The song, launched last week, will be used to sensitise and spread awareness to the youth on behavioural change.
┬á“Through our behavioural change programme in which we are targeting the youth, tonight marks a day of history in the books of Botswana as we launch our 2011 theme song as well as going into partnership with other Non-Governmental Organisations,” said Morebodi.
In his speech, Assistant Minister of Presidential Affairs, Patrick Masimolole, said, “Social ills such as unwanted pregnancy, rape, HIV/Aids, crime, road accidents, alcohol and drug abuse have always been a challenge to the youth of Botswana. These ills grow at a very high rate and thus this gave a wakeup call to Remmogo Youth Organisation to take action on these matters.”
Masimolole further said, “Remmogo is now involved in sensitising and spreading the awareness on substance abuse issues amongst the vulnerable, one being the youth, through the behavioural change programme.”
The purpose of the occasion was also to launch the collaboration of Remmogo with other local stakeholders, Lifeline Botswana, Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC), to list a few, and to introduce the organisation’s advisory board which is to be launched soon.
Lifeline Botswana Director, Vivian Gunda called on the minister to talk to the President on their behalf about reviewing the amount of money given to the youth to establish businesses as it is not sufficient.
She said that increasing the fund would motivate more youths to start their own ventures that would automatically keep them busy and reduce their chances of indulging in activities that might expose them to HIV infection, alcohol and drugs.
Gunda encouraged Remmogo to continue with its excellent work.
Present at the event were┬á Miss Universe Botswana 2010, Tirelo Ramasedi, former Miss Botswana, Boingotlo Motlalekgosi, musicians, Thabo “Mapetla” Ntirang and Eureka The Coverboy, who gave three inspirational songs.