Cultural rights expert calls for renewed "nation-building" in Botswana

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Botswana has been urged to embark on what's been called a "second phase of nation building."

Ending an official visit to the southern African country, the UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights Farida Shaheed said Botswana needs to "build on and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of the country."

During the two weeks Ms Shaheed spent there, she looked at issues ranging from the recognition of tribes, language rights, land rights, and the need to involve and engage with communities affected by government policies.

She identified language diversity as a possible area for improvement.

She said that while the use of Setswana as the national language had enabled most people in the country to communicate with each other, mother tongue education in the first years of schooling was an option.

She also congratulated Botswana for its success in having the Okavango Delta wilderness area included on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

The Special Rapporteur will present her assessment and recommendations in a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2015.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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