Botswana

Botswana is a landlocked country located at the centre of Southern Africa; a strategically positioned bridge between South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
Quick Stats
Population: 2.3 million
GDP Growth: 4.5%
Urban Population: 70.9%
Rural Population: 29.83%

Contact

Country office contacts
+27 11 886 1581 (SA)
botswana@repssi.org
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Country Representative

Issues affecting youth in Botswana

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Policy and frameworks supporting children

Repssi work in Botswana

1.Health and sexual reproductive health rights:

  • REPSSI Botswana is partnering with the Department of Special Support Services (DSSS) in the Ministry of Basic Education (MoBE), DSP and the YWCA to resuscitate PACT (Peer Approach to Counselling Teens) clubs in 12 schools in Kweneng, Kgatleng (Mochudi), and South East (Gaborone and Ramotswa).
  • REPSSI Botswana is an active member of the national ESA Commitment TWG, which has included REPSSI’s implementation of school-based HIV prevention activities in the national master workplan to learn from the activities and roll them out to other schools.

2.Psychosocial forums: Botswana has held two successful National PSS forums funded by the government and PCI. The country has prioritised PSS and there is a nation budget for it. Every district is allocated 10% of the total budget they receive from government for PSS.

3.PSS Certificate Program– REPSSI has a partnership with Botswana Open University to deliver the certificate programme (Community Based Work with Children and Youth) The certificate is accredited with Botswana Quality Assurance (BQA), The private sector (Stanbic Botswana) as well as government has funded the programme with a combined total of BWP 420 000. The students who benefited have been struggling to pay fees and not employed but working with children

4.Capacity building: Through capacity building using the REPSSI tools, Tree of Life and JOL have become very popular with the tools. Most organizations including schools and government are now using the tools for their capacity building. For two consecutive years, REPSSI has been invited to provide capacity building in PSS using JOL and Tree of Life. This has been part of resource mobilisation.

About Botswana

Botswana is landlocked country and is located at the center of Southern Africa, a strategically positioned bridge between South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Prior to its independence in 1966, Botswana was one of the poorest countries in the world. Post-independence, it rapidly became one of the world’s development success stories. It is one of Africa’s most stable countries and the continent’s longest continuous multi-party democracy. It is relatively free of corruption and has a good human rights record.

Sparsely populated, Botswana protects some of Africa’s largest areas of wilderness. Safari-based tourism – tightly-controlled and often upmarket – is an important source of income.

Botswana is among the world top producers of diamonds and the trade has transformed it into a middle-income nation.

However, the country has had its share of problems: It once had the world’s highest rate of HIV-Aids infection. UN figures for 2014 suggest that for adults aged 15 to 49 the prevalence rate was 25%. The country has one of Africa’s most-advanced HIV and AIDS treatment programmes, however, and medicine for the virus is readily available.

In Botswana, Children face several challenges such as malnutrition, sexual and other forms of abuse, poverty, orphan hood, abduction and trafficking, and HIV and AIDS. These challenges not only have affected children’s lifestyles but have also constituted a challenge to service providers, especially social work practitioners.

Partners

Department of Social Protection (DSP)
Marang Child Care Network
SOS Botswana
Project Concern International (PCI)
Botswana Open University (BOU)
Stanbic Botswana

Meet the Botswana Team

Dr. Godson Gatsha
CAB Member
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