Citizenship in Botswana

Background

  • 22% of the population is aged 10 to 19.1
  • Unemployment currently stands at 24% and about one third of the population lives on less than $1 a day.2
  • Botswana continues to suffer from one of the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in the world, with 24.8% of the population aged 15 to 49 affected.3

Barclays Citizenship in action

The Building Young Futures programme is a collaboration between Barclays, UNICEF , the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Botswana National Youth Council, the Ministry of Education, and local city councils.

Through the partnership, we have provided business management training to 1,250 young people in five villages across Botswana including Francistown and Molepolole. Project activities included psychosocial and interpersonal skills training to tackle HIV and AIDS prevention. Young people were provided with practical and technical skills training, and mentors were available to support young people as they search for employment or start a business.

As part of our You Can B partnership with Junior Achievement , Barclays launched the B-Innovative Camp in Francistown in March 2011, welcoming more than 200 students who were tasked with creating their own businesses.

Barclays also collaborates with Stepping Stones International in Botswana, giving young people the opportunity to develop income-generation projects. As a result, young people are empowered to learn business management and marketing skills, gain confidence, learn how to set goals and make decisions that will help to shape their futures.

Baylor's Teen Club empowers HIV-positive adolescents across Botswana to build positive relationships, acquire life skills and become financially literate. In 2010, Barclays collaborated with Baylor’s on the launch of a publication called Teen Talk; a guide for HIV-positive teenagers. Barclays employees also provided financial literacy training to 280 HIV-positive teenagers.

Employee activity

Barclays employees in Botswana are also active in the community. Many are involved in mentoring programmes and providing financial literacy training to young people, supporting the Building Young Futures programme.

In 2011 they:

  • Volunteered 9,264 hours
  • Supported 36 charities in total.

Read case studies about employee volunteering.

Barclays Citizenship contacts

Name: Yodit Kassaye-Molosi
Telephone: +267 395 2041
Email: yodit.molosi@barclays.com

1 UNICEF, Botswana statistics, 2009
2 OECD African Economic Outlook 2005-2006, Botswana report
3 UN ( www.unaids.org/en/Regionscountries/Countries/Botswana/ )

Our partners

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