Chepete mentorship instills independence

Mpho Chepete
Mpho Chepete

A 28-year-old young Motswana woman, Mpho Chepete has established a FEDE Mentorship Programme for young unemployed women to assert an independent lifestyle through fashion design that includes tailoring and sewing.

In an interview with Arts & Culture, Chepete said the decision for her to come up with the initiative was considered after realising the high number of school dropouts churned out by the government educational system year after year. She stated that the situation led to students degrading their values while trying to make a living, and become victims of Gender Based Violence, suicide, drug abuse and HIV/AIDS in some instances.

She explained that the programme targets girls and young women aged between 18 and 25 from junior certificate holders to those with tertiary education. Chepete also said they intend to usher in at least 20-50 unemployed young women through an entrepreneurship development and skill training programme. The programme is expected to run for a period of three years. She said this would decrease the rate of unemployment, which went up during the period 2020/2021 in Botswana.

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