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Perceptions of Citizenship Responsibility Amongst Botswana Youth

By J. Preece and D. Mosweunyane

Abstract

Botswana is widely regarded as a model African democracy. Since independence in 1966, the country has enjoyed unparalleled peace and stability within the African continent. It has also experienced unprecedented changes from being one of the ten poorest countries in the world to its current status as a middle-income country. However, in spite of the advances of the last thirty years, it still experiences high levels of poverty and inequality. Perceived inhibitors to progress are attributed to the younger generation's erosion of traditional values and a collective reluc-tance to take pride in the nation. This book offers an analysis of how the younger generation is reconciling globalisation influences with traditional cultural values and belief systems. It argues that this generation does care about their country, but has changed priorities. It further recom-mends educational interventions that might nurture the bestow Botswana's cultural heritage whilst ensuring an active, democratic citizenry that is relevant to modernity

Topics: HT, LC5201
Publisher: Lightbooks
Year: 2004
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.gla.ac.uk:967
Provided by: Enlighten

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  2. Are there times when an active citizen might end up behaving differently from a good citizen?
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  38. What is your position in the organisation/s?
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  41. What part could you yourself play in this?
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  43. What problems are there in this country?
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  50. Who should come first – self or family or nation?
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