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2nd annual Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

On June 22, 25 Fellows were welcomed at the University of Virginia to the 2nd annual Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Dr. Johanetta Cole, Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, delivered the keynote address which inspired the fellows to maintain courage and perseverance in their questions to solve intractable problems in their home countries. The fellows will spend four weeks in Charlottesville to learn about innovative leadership, good governance, and social entrepreneurism before coming to W&M and for the final two weeks of the program. In Williamsburg, the program will focus on approaches to development with a focus on community participation and transparency.  This year's cohort represents 20 countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, with expertise from diverse sectors such as education, youth mobilization, rights for persons with disabilities, and health. Dr. Scott Ickes is the site lead for this year's W&M program.