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Title:Factors influencing attitudes of Botswana youth towards manual work: implications for employment
Authors:Mukamugambira, PascasieISNI
Osei-Hwedie, KwakuISNI
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:youth employment
work attitudes
Manual work
Abstract:This paper examines attitudes of youth towards manual work, factors that contributed to these attitudes, and the implications of these attitudes for youth employment. It is based on a study of 119 youths, aged 15 to 29 years, working in the construction, domestic and farming sectors in Gaborone (Botswana) and three neighbouring villages. The paper concludes that, generally, youth in Botswana demonstrate positive attitudes towards manual work. Factors influencing youth attitudes to manual work include: the importance attached to work; gender, age and level of education; the intrinsic value of manual work; and perceived usefulness of manual work by youth, employers and society in general. The need to support their families, a desire to secure steady employment and financial self-reliance are other factors that motivate youth to do manual work. Aspects of work that influence youth attitudes towards manual work include relative satisfaction with wages and rewards, physical working conditions, the nature of the interaction with employers and co-workers, how youth themselves perceive the importance of their job, and the attitudes of society in general. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]