Four enthusiastic students and one teacher from Inanda Seminary, a prominent KwaZulu-Natal girls’ secondary school, caught a March 27 flight to the United States to participate in the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program. This three-week exchange in the United States involves high school students and teachers from South Africa and a number of other African nations.
During the exchange, participants will engage in workshops on leadership and service, community site visits, interactive training, presentations, visits to U.S. high schools, local cultural activities, and homestays with local American families. Follow-on activities with the participants are an integral part of the program, as the students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired by planning service projects in their home communities.
Before their departure, Consul General Francis Chisholm hosted the Inanda students for tea at the U.S. Consulate in Durban. She shared her own experiences traveling and working abroad, and encouraged the young leaders to make the most of this opportunity.
Inanda student Mbali Matsena said she is looking forward to sharing some of her school’s initiatives on community development with her fellow young leaders from Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya and Nigeria.
We look forward to hearing from these promising young women after they return to South Africa and begin to translate this exciting experience into action.
[Here’s a short but joyful video that the students sent shortly after arriving in the U.S.]