As many as 46 young South African leaders will this month travel to the United States to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship exchange program.
The US embassy in Pretoria said in a statement on Tuesday that the Mandela Washington Fellowship, named in honor of Nelson Mandela in 2014, is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative.
“This year, the fellowship will provide 700 outstanding young leaders from across Africa the opportunity to hone their skills in a seven-week Leadership Institute in the United States,” said the statement.
“The Fellows have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive impact in their organisations, institutions, communities, and country.”
During the program, the young leaders come together to share their background, culture, and experience, while working to build mutual understanding between the United States and South Africa.
“The opportunity not only creates lasting, meaningful networks with contacts in the United States, the experience provides a platform for South Africans to share the strength and diversity of South Africa with dynamic African leaders from across the continent,” said the statement.
The US Chargé d’Affaires said it will this week host the South African Mandela Washington Fellows at a send-off reception, celebrating their potential to be “wonderful ambassadors of their country”.
The programme demonstrates the US government’s commitment in investing in the next generation of young African leaders who are rapidly shaping the continent’s future.
– African News Agency (ANA)