Botswana: Take Voluntary Programmes Seriously - Official

Maun — Tirelo Setshaba and Graduate Voluntary Service participants have been urged to take the initiatives seriously as they played a pivotal role in preparing them for the work environment.

Speaking during a consultative meeting in Maun on November 12, Principal Intern Officer Ms Mmantu Takoma advised them to demonstrate commitment towards their work to produce expected results.

She said they should execute their duties well and conduct themselves in an appropriate manner.

Ms Takoma said the initiatives resulted from the realization that youth unemployment was increasingly becoming a major challenge.

The programmes, she said aimed to facilitate skills transfer and participation in community development by providing participants with opportunities to help them realize their potential.

Ms Takoma urged supervisors to work together with participants and ensure that they acquired relevant skills and performed their duties without fail.

"Young people's involvement in different community programmes does not only keep them positively engaged but also make them productive members of the society," she said.

Responding to some concerns raised such as late payments and low allowances, Ms Takoma explained that the issues would be escalated to higher authority.

Participants were encouraged to submit their payment confirmation forms early to avoid late payments.

It was important, she said, to engage with the beneficiaries in order to solicit ideas, experiences and appreciate their concerns towards the improvement of the programmes.

The department's programme officer, Ms Kgomotso Nkomba raised concern about some young people who withdrew from the programmes without informing the authorities.

She advised those wishing to withdraw to fill the exit forms.

Young people were encouraged to utilize other government schemes such as Youth Development Fund and Citizen Entrepreneurship Agency which they were free to apply for while still in the voluntary programmes.

They were further advised to find other means of improving their lives rather than relying on the voluntary programmes.

Participants expressed gratitude for the programmes indicating that they acquired useful information.

The purpose of the meeting was to ensure consistency in implementing programme guidelines and to get feedback.

Source : BOPA

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