Gaborone — The road to crowning the first ever cultural king and queen has been slated for December 19 in Gaborone.
In an interview, event organiser, Pearl Ntshole said Mr and Miss Culture Heritage Botswana was an event aimed at fostering ethnic development, cultural exchange and tourism opportunities.
Since culture has the power to transform entire societies, strengthen local communities and forge a sense of identity and belonging for people of all ages, Ntshole further highlighted that the event would instill pride in one's ethnicity."I have since realised that there are some Batswana who still believe in such a thing as major and minor ethnic groups hence the idea of coming up with a pageant of this nature so as to fill the gap of ethnic identity," she explained.
Ntshole also added that Mr and Miss Culture Heritage was unlike other pageants as it was founded in the country and had not left the boy-child behind.
She said as they groomed the girl child into being a socially responsible citizen, they had also decided to groom the boy child as well into socially responsible and promoters of Tswana culture and traditions.
"In our culture, a man is the head of the family so it is important that we include young men to groom them to be culturally knowledgeable," she said
Ntshole also said as a vector for youth development and civic engagement, culture played an essential role in promoting sustainable social and economic development for future generations therefore the youth can act as bridge between cultures and serve as key agents in promoting peace and intercultural understanding.
She further noted that preparations were well in place for the star studded spectacle that would be hosted at Sunshine Conference centre.