Young African Leaders Visit Barrow's Center for Innovative Teaching

Young African Leaders Visit Barrow's Center for Innovative Teaching

On July 19th, twenty-four fellows of the Mandela Washington Fellowship spent their afternoon at the BCSS Center for Innovative Teaching (CFIT) as part of their six-week Leadership Institute for Civic Engagement.  The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the U.S. Department of State's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young African leaders as they spur economic growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa. The cohort of 24 fellows that visited CFIT were hosted by the University of Georgia, one of only 28 educational institutions in the nation selected as Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute Partners.  

During their visit to CFIT, the fellows participated in a presentation, campus tour, and Q&A session that focused on the power of civic involvement and mutually beneficial partnerships within a community to turn seemingly unattainable dreams into reality.

Many thanks to the collaborative efforts of the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, the UGA Office of Global Engagement, and the African Studies Institute at Franklin College for honoring the Barrow County School System with this opportunity to actively engage with the fellows of this worthy program.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State with the funding provided by the U.S. Government and adminstered by IREX.  For more information about the Mandela Wishington Fellowship, visit and join the conversation at #YALI2023.

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