Education and Family

The Global Child

Dr. David Kenneth Waldman

The Global Child – Thari Ya Bana: Reflections on Children in Botswana

Thari Ya Bana is the blanket that wraps a child on its mother’s back to keep her child safe.

It is important to dispel the myth of dividing the world into south and north or developing and developed nations. Today’s show places a spotlight on best practices and lessons on how to empower children from the Jewel of Africa; The Republic of Botswana. Our guest Her Excellency Tebelelo Mazile Seretse, Ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Botswana is uniquely qualified to speak on this topic. Learn how Botswana’s New Child Protection Act 2010 advocates for respect, protection, promotion, and “provision of the realization of children’s rights to maximize their survival, development, participation, and protection.”

The Republic of Botswana has been described as a beautiful patch-work of different cultures. As of 2012 Botswana has maintained one of the world’s highest economic growth rates since independence in 1966. Botswana transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country. Is there a connection from having a stable democratic government and empowering its children? Listen to the Ambassador and hear an important fact that African countries are separate and not the same – they have unique histories, geographies, governance and people. What makes the Republic of Botswana the Jewel of Africa?