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The following post is courtesy of Stuart J. Sia, Peace Corps Volunteer:
For the month of March, members of Teen Club expanded their purview far beyond the confines of Baylor Clinic.
Our younger members took part in an exciting scavenger hunt, an adventuresome experience many of them had never before heard of. The scavenger hunt took them all over Princess Marina Hospital to search for important noteworthy places with nothing save for a sheet of clues at hand. Our kids were triumphant and singly tackled each and every one of those clues, hardly breaking a sweat. Using their brilliant minds and with a little bit of help, of course, from the volunteers, each group arrived back at home base (Baylor Clinic) safe and sound, more fit and even more knowledgeable than before. It was an adventure I suspect many if not all of them will remember for a long time.
As for our older members, Model SADC (Southern African Development Community) expanded their purview far beyond Gaborone and even Botswana taking a look at an issue affecting all of us as southern Africans and residents of southern Africa. In light of the events taking place in Libya, the youth were asked to reflect on the current state of Zimbabwe and whether or not SADC has a right and/or responsibility to intervene. Breaking up into small groups, each group was assigned a member-country of SADC and delegated the challenging task of determining a course of action most beneficial to its given country. Walking around hearing the engaging discussion and debate going on within each of the committees, I was impressed with their ability to synthesize what they were learning about each of their respective member-countries.
After each group had agreed upon an appropriate response to the Zimbabwe crisis, we reconvened in the main room. Representatives from each group shared the decision they had made in committee and briefly explained the rationale behind the decision. Some youth chose to speak in English, while others spoke in Setswana. Irrespective of the language they spoke in, they all made their voices heard, and made compelling and eloquent arguments. Ultimately, our Model SADC arrived at the conclusion that SADC should indeed intervene in Zimbabwe, though there was admittedly disagreement as to how intervention should be approached.
I think something we can all agree on was that this day was a unique learning experience. It is not often that any of us are asked to walk in someone else’s shoes or see through someone else’s lenses. Having broadened their horizons, members of Teen Club are now even more prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow.