Kagiso Project

The Kagiso Project, spearheaded by Queen Esther, is a visionary initiative aimed at addressing conflict within schools and the broader community through leadership training, peace education, and conflict transformation strategies.

At its core, the Kagiso Project endeavors to establish a peer mediation program within schools. This program involves training students in conflict resolution skills and peacebuilding techniques, empowering them to become agents of positive change within their educational institutions and beyond.

To achieve this goal, peace leaders are identified and trained within both school settings and the community at large. These trained individuals play a pivotal role in implementing the peer mediation program, integrating it into the disciplinary framework of schools and traditional community forums such as the Kgotla. By embedding mediation practices into these structures, the Kagiso Project aims to foster a culture of peaceful resolution and mutual understanding, ultimately contributing to a harmonious and supportive environment for all stakeholders involved.

Dikgosi Dixhadile campaign

The Dikgosi Dixhadile campaign emerged from discussions during the Lead Girl stakeholder engagement, aiming to tackle the myriad challenges confronting young people, particularly girls, including school dropout rates, teenage pregnancy, gender-based violence, and declining moral standards.

The campaign’s name is designed to resonate with youth, emphasizing the role of community leaders in supporting them and collectively addressing these issues. With the motto “chencha monyana,” meaning “transform girl child,” the campaign seeks to effect positive change.

The initiative encompasses several key components:

Weekly community outreach efforts conducted at schools, clinics, and through house-to-house visits.
Adoption of schools, fostering partnerships with school management to establish platforms for imparting traditional Batswana values, promoting good morals, and serving as parental figures to students.
Regular Kgotla meetings held fortnightly, focusing on educating parents on topics such as parent-child communication and rallying collective action in safeguarding the well-being of children. Additionally, these meetings serve as platforms to report violations and ensure a safe and supportive environment for the growth and development of girls and youth.