The US Embassy in Gaborone has sent four lucky Ghanzi Senior Secondary School students and their teacher/mentor to the US to participate in the Pan African Youth Leadership Program.
US Ambassador, Mr Earl Miller led the team’s warm send off at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport on July 7.
The students are Quinton Matlhophelo, Gagomosiame Kekailwe, Kennedy Kapii, Onthusitse Kwarefo and their mentor, also acting as chaperone, Ms Othusitse Sehube. Their programme will take place in Chicago, Illinois.
Ambassador Miller stressed the embassy’s support for international education and exchange between Botswana and the US. Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Basic Education, Ms Helen Chilisa (pictured) encouraged the students to be good ambassadors for Botswana and to create strong networks with other African youth leaders.
The US Department of State’s Pan-Africa Youth Leadership brings together students from across Africa with adult mentors for a three-week, US-based training and cultural exchange exercise. The program seeks to strengthen the students’ understanding of civic rights and responsibilities, respect for diversity, and the importance of community engagement.
Image source: US Embassy, Botswana