In response to UNICEFs 50 minutes for children campaign, the Speaker of the National Assembly Gladys Kokorwe this week – September 7, 2016 – carried out her pledge by spending 50 minutes with adolescent girls at Ramaphatle Primary School. Ramaphatle Primary School is located west of Gaborone, along the A10 road – the Gaborone/Kanye road. Kokorwe joined the school for a morning assembly before proceeding into a session with adolescent girls. She motivated them, sharing with them how to thrive and succeed in life as a girl child.
During this session she asked the girls to set goals for themselves, saying education is important as it will help them accomplish their dreams. She cautioned them on the dangers of teenage pregnancy, asking them to wait until they are grown up and in a good position to make wise sexual decisions. Giving herself and other successful women such as Dr Unity Dow, Ms. Dorcas Makgato and Dr Pelonomi Venson- Moitoi as an example, she said being a girl should not inhibit their ambition to be successful.
“Everything is possible; the sky is the limit,” she said. Kokorwe said even though the government, parents and stakeholders recognise that children have rights, this does not give children a green light to indulge in wayward ways such as drugs and alcohol. She urged them to respect and never forget their culture. Batswana are encouraged to spend 50 minutes of their time with a child who isn’t their own, because ‘50 minutes of your time is a generation of change’.