Botswana

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  • Peace Corps Country: 1966 – Present
  • Write On! Competition participant: 2014 – Present
  • Creative writing tip: Take a deep breath and pause a moment to gather your thoughts.
  • Fun Fact: In the !Xoo language of Botswana and Namibia, spoken by about 4,000 people, there are 112 distinct sounds! (There are about 40 in English.)

2017 National Winners

    • 6th Grade | Moshana
      “What is one physical trait that an animal has that you wish humans also had?”
    • 7th Grade | Dutlwe
      “You wake up one morning and discover two eyes on the back of your head. What do you do? Why do you think they are there? What is your day like?”
    • 8th Grade | Maunatlala
      “You turn on the TV to watch the news. A bank has been robbed. The police are searching for whoever did this. You sit down on the couch with your breakfast when suddenly there is a loud pounding on your door. You see police officers and police cars with their lights flashing: “Open up!” They shout.”
    • 9th Grade | Tsabong
      “All humans are born with an animal companion they can talk to. What animal is your companion and why? Tell a story about an adventure you have together.”
    • 10th Grade | Tsabong
      “You are watching TV one day and see that your face is on the news. The news anchor is saying your name, and that you are wanted by the police! You’re getting very confused when, suddenly, an identical version of you appears in your doorway!”
    • 12th Grade | Otse
      “You are studying very hard one night when you hear a knock on your door. You open it and are surprised to see yourself standing there looking back at you with a very serious expression. The other you says, “Listen, I know this is going to seem weird, but I had to come back in time to tell you this.” What happens next?”
    • 4th Year University | Maunatlala
      “You are studying very hard one night when you hear a knock on your door. You open it and are surprised to see yourself standing there looking back at you with a very serious expression. The other you says, “Listen, I know this is going to seem weird, but I had to come back in time to tell you this.” What happens next?”

2015 National Winners

    • 6th Form | Radisele
      “You can live under the sea, in the jungle or on a cloud for the rest of your life. Which place do you choose to live and what’s your life like?”
    • 7th Form | Radisele
      “You wake up one morning and realize that you grew wings overnight. What do you decide to do for the day?”
    • 8th Form | Mmathethe
      “If you could be famous for one thing, what would you be famous for? Why do you want to be famous for that?”
    • 9th Form | Mabeleapodi
      “A beautifully wrapped package is at your door with the message, “Guard this with your life.” What’s in it and how do you protect it?”
    • 10th Form | Mabeleapodi
      “You wake up to find a key under your pillow. What does it unlock?”

2014 National Winners

    • 6th Form | Tlokweng
      “If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and what would you do?”
    • 7th Form | Francistown
      “If you could invent a candy, what would it be? What ingredients would it have and what would it taste like?”
    • 8th Form | Lentsweletau
      “If you could make a new animal, what would it be like?”
    • 9th Form | Maun
      “You’ve been in a coma for 30 years. You wake up in the year 2044. Describe what the world is like.”
    • 10th Form | Maun
      “Invent a new day of the year to celebrate. What would it be, when would t be, and how would people celebrate it?”
    • 11th Form | Maun
      “What is the most important invention in the history of the world?”
    • 12th Form | Letlhkane
      “Write a letter to yourself to be read in 15 years”
    • Professional | Maun
      “If you could make one law that had to be implemented across the entire world, what would it be and how would it change the world?”
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