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Botswana: Child Author Surprise –

Gaborone — Ten-year-old Katlo Thekiso yesterday presented President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi with a book he has authored.

Receiving the book, President Masisi said it was a first for him to receive a book authored by a child that young.

President Masisi said the Standard Five Legae Primary School pupil should be an inspiration to the youth of the country as he was a testimony towards the attainment of a knowledge-based economy.

He applauded Katlo’s parents for their support and mentoring their child to attain his vision.

President Masisi emphasised the importance of nurturing young creatives and thus pleaded with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment Sport and Culture Development to assist Katlo with publishing and copyright protection.

In an interview, Katlo said the book was inspired by admiration for the President and his governance style.

He said the fact that President Masisi was at some point a teacher motivated him to write the book in appreciation of his current role as President as well as his contribution to the country.

Mr Thekiso pleaded with Dr Masisi to drive the reading culture among the youth by providing reading materials for rural youth.

His wish, he said, was to see young people having the desire to read and document their life experiences from a tender age.

With the 10-chapter book that touches on issues ranging from leadership to gender-based violence (GBV), Katlo is among the growing number of local authors who are keen to alert society about social ills and contribute to the building of a nation with good morals.

He said the chapter on GBV emphasised the need for sensitising society on the scourge and the importance of raising a respectful and responsible boy child.

Source : BOPA

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