WINDHOEK, 13 JUN – Sixteen Namibians on Tuesday departed for the United States of America (USA) to join the about 700 other young African leaders in the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for six weeks.
The MWF is an aspect of the Young African Leaders Network (YALI), an online community of thousands of young African leaders committed to democratically effecting positive change in their communities.
A media communique issued by the US Embassy on Wednesday said the young leaders in fields of civil society, public management, business and entrepreneurship will live on university campuses, while taking classes. They will also visit sites related to their professional development goals and participate in community service activities.
YALI was launched by former US President, Barack Obama in 2010 with the aim to support young African leaders as “they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa”.
In their final week, the Fellows will convene in Washington, DC, for the MWF summit.