Shorobe — Civil societies have been called upon to join efforts in addressing challenges of moral decay and social ills afflicting the nation.
Assistant Minister of Agricultural Development and Food Security, Mr Konstantinos Markus, said this during Maun West Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Global Youth Day in Shorobe where the church's youth adopted Shorobe Primary School.
He said the church should assist government to fight immoral and social ills.
The youth donated school uniforms, stationery, toiletries and shoes to 10 needy pupils.
He said the contributions made by SDA towards the development of the country could not be ignored.
Mr Markus said the church had invested in education and health citing construction of hospitals and schools around the country.
Mr Markus stated that, "today the church is expanding its footprint as it celebrate the annual Global Youth Day by adopting Shorobe School".
SDA, he said, had demonstrated one of the basic principles of compassion that continued to be the pillar of prosperity and social advancement.
He said what the church did was a clear demonstration of the critical role that any religious group could play in bringing about social stability in any given society.
He implored other Batswana from all walks of life to equally extend a helping hand to fellow citizens in need.
He said they ought to remain brothers' keepers in order to eradicate poverty and social ills.
He said government alone could not manage hence the need for all to come on board and augment efforts to restore dignified lives.
Pastor Karabo Bafenyi of SDA explained that the church leadership encouraged involvement of young people in its mission.
He said the church had a programme dubbed 'give the keys," and leadership had given the keys to young people to be the sermon to the society by engaging in charitable activities.
The day, he said, called on young people to embrace service as a way of life.
Shorobe deputy chief, Kgosi Gaditshwane Mmutle applauded the role played by SDA in the country's development noting that in preaching the word of God, social justice and moral growth of the nation would never go unnoticed.
He said the church had demonstrated love in various ways such as constructing schools and hospitals that included old Maun hospital.
Kgosi Mmutle said youth involvement in the country's development wasvital.
The school head, Ms Gaerolwe Letsholathebe, thanked the church members for adopting their school.
She said what they did was inline with the government initiative of Adopt a school, which aimed at facilitating public/private sector participation in the delivery of quality education.
Ms Letsholathebe said what the youth did would be a lesson to Shorobe community and the public at large.
<i>Source : BOPA</i>