The Botswana Association of Social Workers hold its Annual Meeting recently under the theme of Indigenising Social Work”. The theme reflects that social work should be enriched by indigenous knowledge to improve their interventions. The President of the Botswana Association of Social Workers, Kgomotso Jongman, said that indigenisation of social work helps them to intervene at different community levels so that the people can feel part of the solution.
The meeting took the opportunity to express their views on the perception of social work by the government and complained that social workers are abused by the government to gain political milage. The delegates agreed that social workers want to be consulted on issues of social development and not just in meeting material needs of people and that giving away donations is not part of their mandate or training and this should be done by procurement and supplies’ officers.
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