Teens of botswana By: Ian Kirby

Botswana is a country in Southern Africa two times the size of Arizona. The country is fairly new and has a true democracy currently. In the past the english colonies ran a caste system. You were wealthy or not wealthy plain and simple. Now with the Independence of the country and the new found diamonds and democracy the future is looking up.

Being 15 in Botswana is more difficult than living in the States yet it does have its perks because of friendships and close bonds formed in villages and schools.

Some cool things about being 15 in Botswana are the overall friendships coming from the tight knit groups one class can make.

The average teen in Botswana play football in their free time. More mischiveous kids like myself mess with each other and an occasional ostritch

The challenges of being 15 in Botswana are very many in that traditions are very important and social life powers over everything.

CRITERIA 1 EVIDENCE

All of our classes in primary school were in one room and one class. This helps form friendships and a love for an art and or sport. "The official lanuage of Botswana is english and is taught in every classroom." Another cool thing could be how currency is taught in villages. "The twswana people and other minor tribes use cattle as status and currency."

CRITERIA 2 EVIDENCE

"40% of Botswana is National Parks and Reserves. Concentrated on the East side" This leaves alot of room for teens to play on the dirt fields. This also Leaves room for the irresponsible children to run free.

CRITERIA 3 EVIDENCE

There are many challenges to being 15 in Botswana. For instance, "How am I going to disclose my status? You never know what they will think... Once you tell that person they get angry and disappointed." This was a story of a girl born with aids.

CONCLUDSION

After learning alot about my home country on a deep level I can infer that life in the United states is alot better, But I can empathize with the kids born in Botswana. They have a much harder time than myself. This project was humbling in that I really am Grateful for what I have.

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