Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (PRNewsFoto/IREX)

By Prudence Arobani
New York (NAN) The U.S. Government says it has selected 38 higher institutions to empower 1,000 young African Fellows in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

A statement by John Kirby, the Spokesman of the U.S. Department of State, noted that
each Fellow would complete a six-week Academic and Leadership Institute to build connections and develop skills.

He stated that “the U.S. Department of State and its implementing partner, IREX, selected 38 colleges and universities from across the United States to host the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders this summer.

“These institutions have designed programmes that would empower 1,000 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa and their peers in the United States to build connections and develop skills needed to succeed in the globalised workforce.

“Each 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow would complete a six-week Academic and Leadership Institute at one of the selected U.S. colleges and universities in one of the following areas: business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management.”

Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship programme of the Young African Leaders Initiative which embodies the United States’ commitment to invest in the future of Africa.

The Fellowship started in 2010 to support young Africans as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship brings young leaders to the United States for academic coursework and leadership training.

It also creates unique opportunities for fellows to put new skills to practical use as they lead their organisations and communities in Africa.

It said the 2017 Institute Partners represent the excellence and diversity of U.S. higher education.

They include public and private institutions, minority serving institutions, large universities, and small colleges from across the United States, it said.

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