What is the origin of this innovation? Tell us your story.
With a population of 1.7 million, Botswana had the highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the world in 2006. 38% of adults tested positive, 27% of people aged 15-19 tested positive, and for women aged 15-29 the rate was as high as 50%. The scourge has resultantly left a lot of the productive rural population sick and considerable number of children either infected and/or orphaned. This inevitably depicts the need for a supportive intervention from government, churches, Donor Agencies and even youth led initiatives.
"A long mile journey begins with a step"
In 2001, the South East District Council formed an HIV/AIDS capacity building partnership with the City of Toronto (Canada) supported by the Federation of the Canadian Municipalities (FCM). This partnership involved collaboration on a variety of fronts one being Youth engagement and delivery of HIV/AIDS education/information through sports. Commonwealth Games Association of Canada (CGC) became involved in the partnership by assisting to develop the Ramotswa Youth Sports Association (RYSA) within that particular village beginning 2003. South East District Youth Empowerment League (SEDYEL) was born out of this great initiative in 2005, with UK Sports and Mathare Youth Sports Association coming on board in 2005. T
“SEDYEL was formed to channel the energy and enthusiasm of young people away from the risky behaviors which are the main factors in Botswana’s high incidence of HIV/AIDS.”
Please provide a personal bio. Note this may be used in Changemakers marketing material.
I am 23 year old young man, born and raised in the village of Ramotswa in the Land of the Diamonds and open spaces;Botswana. I am the third in a family of four. An idealist with a lot of dreams and aspirations. As a young HIV/AIDS activist, my passion is my Community and I have always held an avid interest in international development. I work as a Life Skill Educator/Youth Empowerment Worker with the South East District Youth Empowerment League in Botswana where I started as a volunteer in 2005.
How did you hear about this contest and what is your main incentive to participate? (this is confidential)
I heard about this contest at the Next Step Conference in Windhoek, Namibia in September 2007. The Next Step Conference is an International conference that was held in Namibia in September 2007. It brought together a wide range of leading players from the international sport and community development programs that actively contribute to the work of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG).
Affiliation (please list all that apply)
The SEDYEL is an initiative of the South East District Council in Partnership with the City of Toronto, Canada; UK Sport; and the Mathare Youth Sports Association of Kenya. To date, other partners have come on board that includes the Kicking AIDS Out Network members; University of Botswana and the Supreme Sports Council of Africa.