Adolescents confront developmental challenges, such as restricted access to adequate education, healthcare, and nutrition. Violence, prejudice, and a lack of supporting surroundings are also obstacles to their safety and well-being. Furthermore, concerns regarding jobs, skills, and empowerment frequently impede their transition into adulthood and limit their ability to shape their destiny.
The Government of Botswana recognizes the need to take a holistic strategy that requires working together in a coordinated and collaborative manner to address the above various intersecting issues affecting adolescents and Young People. An indication of this political will is the recent signing, by His Excellency the President of Botswana Mokgweetsi Masisi of a National Commitment for Adolescents and Young People’s Wellbeing, which was launched on the 10th of October 2023.
This Commitment recognizes the importance of prioritizing adolescents' needs, promoting their rights, and providing them with opportunities for education, healthcare, and engagement to ensure a sustainable future for them.
To augment this commitment, The President also hosted adolescents for a breakfast session at the State House. The invitation followed the successful launch of the National Commitment for Adolescents and Young People’s Wellbeing.
In his address, H.E stated that as part of the Agenda for Sustainable Development, by 2030, Botswana’s vision for adolescent well-being for all adolescents and young people, including the most marginalized, regardless of age, gender, disability, place of residence, language, and socioeconomic status, to be educated, healthy, thriving, prosperous, and their potential fulfilled. In addition, H.E stated that this vision will be attained through an accountable, collaborative, effectively coordinated, and participatory process. President Masisi assured the young people of the Government’s commitment to facilitate the realization of the full potential of adolescents, through the execution of robust policies and strategic investments.
UNICEF has reiterated its commitment to keep working closely with the Government of Botswana, civil society organizations, adolescents, and parents to ensure that adolescents, particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized, receive the support they require to reach their full potential.