Botswana has adopted programs and services that are aimed at preserving, promoting and developing it’s culture, the country’s Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture Thapelo Olopeng said on Friday.
In his keynote address at the National Culture Day at Tonota village situated near Botswana’s second largest city, Francistown, Olopeng said preservation of culture is important to promote democracy in a community.
“The government of Botswana has adopted programmes that are aimed at developing our culture as well as work towards poverty eradication and reducing social ills,” said Olopeng.
Olopeng said these programs engage both the youths and adults in intercultural dialogue, diversity and inclusion of all.
The minister responsible for youths and culture encouraged Batswana (citizens of Botswana) to double their efforts towards achieving the great task of uniting the nation. He said the great task of uniting the nation can be achieved through promotion and transmission of Botswana’s diverse cultures.
Olopeng further encouraged Botswana people to embrace and retain our cultural elements that give us a sense of distinction as a nation.
National Culture Day was declared by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2001. The day is normally held on May 21 every year as part of the World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrations.
This year’s National Culture Day in Botswana was held under the theme: Culture is my business. Enditem