Out of the seven entrants for both JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP) and JCI Creative Young Entrepreneur Award (JCI CYEA), two have made it to the top 30 in the whole world under the TOYP program.
Over 115 countries including Botswana are participating in the programs.
Uyapo Ndadi, under the category of Contribution to Children, World peace and/ or Human Rights and Baboletse Basadi Akoonyatse, under the category of Medical Innovation, are the two Batswana who will battle it out for the top 10 slots with 28 other outstanding young
people from other countries.
National President of JCI Botswana, Malaki Kereeditse, told The Telegraph that “these are interesting developments that confirm our belief that Botswana has a lot of talent that needs to be put out there to shine.”
Kereeditse added that, “We hope with this, more Batswana will work harder to give out their best to improve the lives of less fortunate country men and women.
“ We need to look at these awards as cherry on top of the icing, as the greatest reward should be derived from seeing someone you helped lead a better life and also helping another to be the same,” said Kereeditse.
He revealed that this is a second time that Batswana have made it to the top 30 of the awarding.
“In 2009, Tshepang Mabaila and Kitso Masi reached the same level, with Mr. Masi going all the way to being one of the 10 outstanding young people of the world for 2009,” he said.
“Botswana hopes to see the Botswana flag flying high again in Osaka, Japan, in November at the 64th World Congress where TOYP entrants will be awarded at an official ceremony,” he said. The final adjudication is expected to be complete by September 1 2010.
Kereeditse expressed his gratitude to all Batswana who participated in the hunt for this rare treasure that is in abundance in Botswana.
“We hope for a larger support in 2011, especially in the CYEA program to show the world that not all diamonds found in Botswana are of rocks but also of human beings,” he concluded.