WASHINGTON DC —
The Office of United States Congresswoman Karen Bass on Thursday hosted its monthly policy breakfast targetting the importance of youth leadership in Africa, with a panel discussion with young African leaders.
The panel discussion held in Washington DC and moderated by VOA’s Shaka Ssali, focused on African youth currently and formerly invovled in leadership programs, including President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.
The panelists, who come from countries like Togo, Ghana and Rwanda, spoke on democracy in Africa, better education systems, civic training, utilization of natural resources, curbing corruption, building transparency and strengthing institutions, all agreeing that young people on the continent had a serious role to play in the evolution of africa.
They praised the U.S for their engagment, but also called for the U.S to learn from Africa.
Reporter Tatenda Gumbo spoke to US Congresswoman Bass who explained it is critical for the United States to deal with the next generation of leaders on a global scale, to ensure the global community is strengthening the best leaders.
Panelist and African youth leader from Togo, Manasse Fatonzoun, said he is excited to engage youth in his country once he returns in hopes to change things in his community.