English writing workshops for teachers, students in KHP

25 Sep 2014 11:00am
KEETMANSHOOP, 25 SEP (NAMPA) – The American Cultural Centre hosted two English Writing Skills’ workshops for learners and teachers at the Keetmanshoop Teachers’ Resource Centre on Monday and Tuesday.
They were presented by Katherine Carter, an American Fellow at the Polytechnic of Namibia.
The sessions mainly focused on essay and resume writing for English teachers and learners.
Around 70 people attended the training, also aimed at encouraging young people to apply for American President Barack Obama’s Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).
Now called the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the initiative brings hundreds of young African leaders, aged 25 to 35, from across the continent to the United States of America (USA) for six weeks of leadership training and mentoring at 20 US universities and colleges in the areas of business and entrepreneurship, civic engagement and public administration.
Earlier this year, the fellows were hosted in Washington D.C. for a three-day Presidential Summit.
Nine Namibian participants were selected this year to take part in the programme.
Emelda van Neel of the US Embassy in Windhoek said there are currently two young people still in the US on internships.
Workshop participants were instructed on the requirements of YALI, and shown how to write the motivational letter on leadership required for submission to be considered for the programme.
A total of 500 young people from Africa were selected for YALI in 2014.
Van Neel says this continental number will rise to 1 000 for 2015.
Applications for 2015 will open in October, and will be publicised in the media.