Youthful Human rights advocate, Olerato Keegope (25) has scored an international gig which will see her jetting off to Argentina this coming October to join other young tutors from around the world at the coveted Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic games. Keegope, from Botswana is expected to join other young people from an estimated 206 nations.
The games, which comprise 32 sporting codes, are expected to attract around 3, 998 athletes aged between 15-18 years. Every participating nation selects their team’s mentor and Keegope has been entrusted with this responsibility in Botswana. The young lady’s duty starts immediately in Botswana where she has to design mentorship programs for the country’s selected athletes with the assistance and guidance of the Botswana National Olympic Committee (BNOC).
She’s also expected to mobilize communities to understand the significance of these youth games. The Youth Olympic Games are the world’s largest multi-sports competition for young high performance athletes, which seek to inspire athletes to adopt the Olympic values of respect, friendship and excellence.
The event is held every four years in its two editions, winter and summer, and take place alternately every two years. Outside the field of play, athletes also participate with the spectators on educational and cultural activities that promote the spirit of Olympics. An elated Keegope said this week that her responsibility has already started adding that she looks forward to being a part of the young athlete’s upbringing.
“Obviously I am excited. I have done numerous projects with the youth outside of sport. This is a new venture for me, sport has proven to be a catalyst tool for the youths’ good demeanor and to engage them at something that they love and have passion for, will help me drive the message easier. I am working parallel with BNOC because they are the ones with the athletes.”
Currently, Keegope works for a non-governmental organization (NGO) dubbed Young 1ove – an organization that employs a school-based delivery model in partnership with government, enabling cost-effective access to young people. Their goal is to scale proven programs that deliver meaningful impact to the youth.
“We aim to save lives through focusing on key health and education outcomes: averting HIV infection and teen pregnancy, and promoting quality education. We achieve these life-saving outcomes by scaling programs proven to work via rigorous quasi- experimental or randomized trial evidence. We engage in continual learning serving as a vehicle to pilot, test and iterate high-potential evidence-based programs in partnership with researchers. We are not in the business of feeling good; we are in the business of doing good.”
Keegope also has a feature on Botswana’s Yarona FM called Dont Get It Twisted every Wednesday evening where she further drives the mandate of Young 1ove.