United States Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer has announced that 19 Malawian young leaders will participate in the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in the United States.
Malawi’s contingent in this year’s program has increased from 16 participants in 2016 to 19 Fellows in 2017.
The 19 which are mainly youth leaders from across the country will represent Malawi at this year’s six-week leadership development program to be held at university campuses in the United States.
According to a statement emailed to Nyasa Times, US ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer disclosed that the cohort will be in the states from this month up to next month.
Palmer adds that the group will hone their skills as they represent a bright future for the country.
“These 19 young leaders represent the very bright future ahead for Malawi. I am so pleased these young leaders have chosen to hone their professional skills in the United States of America.”
YALI was launched in 2010 by former US President Barack Obama with the aim of investing in the next generation of Africa leaders by empowering them with knowledge and skills.
Since the Mandela Washington Fellowship began in 2014, 33 young Malawian leaders previously participated in the program.