On Monday, the Obama Foundation announced plans to train 200 young leaders from across Africa who work in government, civil society, and the private sector.
The program, Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa, which launches in July, will include five days of development and civic engagement workshops designed to help 200 emerging leaders drive positive change throughout Africa. Participants will be provided with online resources that include training and webinars from industry experts.
“The Obama Foundation Leaders Program: Africa represents our largest and most ambitious international program to date,” said Bernadette Meehan, Chief International Officer of the Obama Foundation. “In bringing together 200 young leaders from across Africa, we hope to begin a conversation about how each of us can create positive change in our communities. In addition, I am honored to continue my work with the Obama Foundation as Chief International Officer as we develop a robust international programming slate that helps the Foundation achieve its mission of inspiring and empowering the next generation of civic leaders.”
In an effort to connect with participants of the program, former President Obama will attend the program’s town hall meeting where he will hear about the experiences of these emerging leaders and the work they’ve been engaging in.
In a statement made by the Obama Foundation, the selected individuals will serve as the “backbone of a larger ecosystem of foundation changemakers across the continent and, eventually, the world, as the foundation launches similar leadership programs in regions around the world,”
Barack Obama will also deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture to honor the centennial of Madiba’s birth. The lecture’s theme will be “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World.”