Great honour for young and dynamic researcher

Posted on April 08, 2016

Ms Kgadi Mathabathe, from the Department of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, has been chosen by the Embassy of the United States to participate in the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship programme of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). As a Mandela Washington Fellow, Ms Mathabathe will arrive in the United States on 17 June 2016 and will spend six weeks taking part in an academic programme hosted by a US institution of higher education where she will also share her leadership skills and network with other young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. After her academic residency, she will travel to Washington, DC, to participate in the three-day Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit hosted by President Barack Obama.

During the Summit, Ms Mathabathe will have the opportunity to interact with leaders in the fields of business, government, and the non-profit sector. She has also been selected as one of a small number of fellows who will remain in the United States for additional professional development experiences at US companies, non-profit organisations, or government agencies. Upon completion of the programme, her fellowship will continue in South Africa where she will have access to professional development, networking and a variety of funding sources.

‘I share President Obama’s vision for the Mandela Washington Fellowship and believe that your commitment, courage, and “yes, we can” attitude will lead sub-Saharan Africa into a new age of prosperity as it takes its place on the world stage,’ said Patrick H Gaspard, American Ambassador in South Africa.


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