European Union (EU) in collaboration with Ngamiland Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (NCONGO) will tomorrow launch a project aimed at sensitising the community about human rights related issues.
The project, which is sponsored by EU to the tune of P1.4 million and dubbed ‘Ngami Rights Project’ is expected to run for three consecutive years.
In an interview, NCONGO executive director, Mr Monametsi Sokwe said the project would be implemented by NCONGO together with its four member organisations, namely; Bana ba Letsatsi, Trust for Okavango Cultural and Development Initiatives (TOCaDI), Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA) and Thuso Rehabilitation Centre.
He said the project would focus on civic education and human rights in Ngamiland.
He explained that they came up with the idea of the project upon realising that many people lack information and knowledge regarding human rights issues.
He said their aim is to embark on public education to create awareness on issues related to children, people living with disabilities, same sex marriages and land rights.
“We have realised that in Ngamiland, knowledge is very low in terms of human rights and we want to impart knowledge to the affected groups and find out if these groups are serviced accordingly as far as their rights are concerned,” he added.
Mr Sokwe was hopeful that the project would assist people to appreciate their civil liberties as they are often denied the opportunity to exercise rights because they lack knowledge.
Some of the rampant issues that need attention as they affect children include bullying by relatives, neglect, abuse and violence.
Mr Sokwe noted that the project would be launched along with the commemoration of Human Rights Day and the 50th anniversary of the International Bill of Human Rights on the global United Nations (UN) under the theme Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always.
The event will be held at the main kgotla and the EU Ambassador to Botswana, Mr Alexander Baum as well as Minister of Labour and Home Affairs, Mr Edwin Batshu are expected to grace the occasion. Ends