• Boy-child gets a raw deal
• Tshireletso promises to correct the disparity
The Minister of Education and Skills Development Dr Unity Dow does not place much value on pageants as a yardstick for rewarding a person.
“Why should people benefit because of their beauty because they didn’t make themselves look that way but merely God’s creation. It is God who should get credit, not them,” the former High Court Judge said this during a press conference addressed the Parliamentary Caucus on Women.
Dow said that the boy child must be trained to know that they are just equal to their counterparts and added that neglecting them will lead to more violence.
The Assistant Minister of Local Government and Rural Development who also chairs the parliamentary caucus on Women Botlogile Tshireletso must have heeded the words of American evangelist John C. Maxwell when he said that “a person must be big enough to admit his/her mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.”
At this week’s a press briefing, Tshireletso admitted that the introduction of Rural Area Development Programme (RADP) pageant might have sidelined the boy child.
Tshireletso was responding to a question regarding the introduction of the pageant and if it does not sideline the boy child who faces the same problems in the rural areas as the girl child.
“I have to admit that we have overlooked that point but we will try and rectify it,” she said.
Miss RADP was launched in 2013 to facilitate talent identification and encourage behaviour change, especially among the youth in remote area communities.