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Itumeleng Komanyane receives award

Educate the youth

The ‘Thari ya Sechaba’ awards pay tribute to women who have served as outstanding citizens and role models in Botswana. In addition, the awards also recognize women who have made a lasting contribution to social and community development. Itumeleng Komanyane, OLIVE LEAF Foundation’s Technical Assistant in the family Wellness and Development Programme was nominated in the ‘Educator’ category which sought nominations from formal teachers and non-conventional teachers like peer educators and HIV/AIDS educators.


Out of hundreds of nominations received, Itumeleng was shortlisted for the finals competing with Mrs. Mandisi Vanqa, who and is the CEO of the YWCA Botswana. With an interesting twist to the competition, Mrs Vanga previously served as Itumeleng’s mentor during her training as a Peer Educator in the same organisation. Itumeleng was awarded the finalist position (runner up) and prize.
This award is Itumeleng’s second national recognition award after receiving the First Youth Award in 2001, for Personal Development and Leadership. Itumeleng’s work as a Youth volunteer, peer educator/counsellor and activist in Botswana began in 1994 and to date, she has served on various executive committees and boards as a youth representative. Itumeleng has represented Botswana at various platforms such as the UN special session on HIV/AIDS, The China-Africa Trade youth exchange, and the Tibotec Global Access Advisory Board for ART (a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson).


OLIVE LEAF Foundation would like to congratulate Itumeleng on this recognition of excellence and commitment to development in Southern Africa!


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