July 27, 2017
And my six (6) week Mandela Washington Fellowship adventure at Georgia State University has officially come to an end. It was such an incredible experience, one that I would recommend to any young African leader making change and wishing to make change in their communities and country as a whole. On Saturday we depart for Washington DC for the final Summit where all 1000 Fellows will be reunited.
This evening was our official Certificate Ceremony at Georgia State University – I have officially completed a course in Public Management at GSU. During the ceremony each Fellow had an opportunity to thank their peer collaborators who have been instrumental as mentors during the six week period. I am truly thankful to my peer collaborator – Dr Michael Shapiro – who gave such sage advice that I need as a young emerging academic who is still growing in academia. During my speech I surprised him with a gift for both him and his wife but he in turn surprised me with a gift of his own – an autographed collectable Major League baseball. For more on my peer collaborator Dr Michael Shapiro see my previous blog post HERE
“The YALI Fellowship experience has been invaluable in broadening my knowledge of contexts and cultures of other African countries outside my own and I have developed networks which will lead to possible future collaboration opportunities with my fellow African brothers and sisters” – Silindile N. Buthelezi
Silindile N. Buthelezi