Giving Compass’ Take:
• Global Citizen reports on how the Mandela Washington Fellowship trains young African leaders who help shape the world.
• In 2019, the fellowship aims to provide 700 young people from sub-Saharan Africa with higher education opportunities in the US and professional support when they return. Could this be a model for other programs around the world?
The late statesman and former president Nelson Mandela believed that young people have everything it takes to empower their communities.
During his Youth Day address in 1995, Mandela told residents of Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal that “this generation of youth stands at the border-line between the past of oppression and repression, and the future of prosperity, peace, and harmony.”
It’s for this reason that the Mandela Washington Fellowship works to support young African people through a once-in-a-lifetime civic leadership, business, and public management training program.
The aim is to help transform Mandela’s hopes for a prosperous future for Africa into a reality — by upskilling its youth.
Some 250 young African leaders — including young people from South Africa — are chosen out of hundreds of applications. Those selected get to participate in the year-long training program, which is held in Washington D.C., in the United States (US).
The initiative was founded by former US President, and friend of Mandela, Barack Obama, with the hope of empowering more young African leaders to run successful and impactful organizations.
Read the full article about empowering young people in Africa by Thato Mahlangu at Global Citizen.
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