“The noblest question in the world is: “What good may I do in it?". This quote by Benjamin Franklin is one of my all-time favourite quotes because it constantly allows my character to be challenged and put to task. It is the spirit of this quote that pushed me to extend my occupation so that it is not limited to what my education certificates and practicing licenses contain, but it is extended to include various philanthropic responsibilities that I am purposed to fulfill.
My journey as a Global Shaper is one that combines servitude to the community with leadership and activism.
I recently served as the Gaborone Hub's Legal Officer and I am currently serving as its Vice Curator (Akin to the position of Deputy President/Deputy Chairperson)
Below is a picture of the first few Global Shapers of the Gaborone Hub at our Launch in August last year.
One of our precious projects is a prize giving initiatives that ensures that a public school gets to award its student's with a Prize Giving Ceremony. Our function in this project was to identify partners who would continue to support a school with its annual Prize Giving Ceremony.
Below are images from 'Badale' Primary School. This school is includes a large community of disadvantaged children and it is located in a village a few hundreds of kilometers from the capital city (Gaborone).
In May this year, I was part of a public awareness campaign that aimed at sensitizing my community about the approximate 300 school girls from Chibok ( Nigeria) who were kidnapped by Islamic Extremists.
A few Shapers and myself celebrated Botswana's 48th year of Independence on the 30th of September this year by releasing a video calling out to the youth of Botswana to be agents of change. All the Shapers in the video informed the viewers of how we were serving the country and what we wished for Botswana in her future. Members of the public were also engaged and asked to answer a few pertinent questions and motivate fellow youth to be more active residents. A link to the video can be accessed below.
One of my favorite initiatives is the 'Make Reading Fun Project'. A segment of this project requires Shapers to dedicate 3 hours on one or two Saturday morning every month to facilitate workshops at 'Maoka Community Junior Secondary School'; a school with a bad track record of poor performance, juvenile delinquency and high levels of substance abuse. My role is to facilitate workshops on Literary Skills which allows students to have a better understanding of the inner workings of language; in particular, English and Setswana.
Below are images of the students during an address by the Gaborone Hubs's Curator.
Some time this year, I started a Community Outreach Department in the law firm that I work for. The project that is currently being worked on is one that involves mainstreaming gender into the Botswana Police Academy Training Manual.
Below is the Police College branch in 'Otse' - a village about 40 km out of Gaborone and home to a few of my project meetings.
Below is an image of me at my very first One Young World Conference; held in Johannesburg South Africa. I had the privilege of being addressed by the likes of
Kofi Annan, Sir Bob Geldof, Sir Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Jamie Oliver, Fatima Bhutto, Unilever CEO Paul Polman, Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins and Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu the founder and Executive Director of soleRebels; to name a few.
Having been recently appointed a Trust Women's Scholar, I advocate for the rights of women and children; particularly, their rights to freedom of security, to be free from servitude and slavery and their rights to land and economic participation.
I hope to continue to make a meaningful change in my profession as an admitted Attorney (solicitor) and Advocate (barrister) and through the above listed initiatives.