PAYLP alumnus Brian Sibanda’s journey from poverty in Zimbabwe to scholarship in the United States

For 18-year-old Zimbabwean Brian Sibanda, discovering that he had been accepted to Pomona College in California was nothing short of a dream come true. “I was very shocked and for a couple of days I thought I was dreaming.” A former participant in the Pan-African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) administered by Meridian International Center in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Brian received a full scholarship to attend Pomona College this year where he is now just days away from completing his first semester. As someone who faced adversity at a young age, this feat represents a major milestone in Brian’s ongoing journey to empower himself and the lives of youth like him in countries across Africa. Continue  

Bringing American Expertise and Excellence to India – U.S. Speaker Program

Since Fall 2013, Meridian International Center has had the pleasure of working with the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi implementing the U.S. Speaker Program for India. Sponsored by the Public Affairs Section, the program is designed to connect U.S. experts with Indian audiences and institutions; to promote an understanding of U.S. strategic priorities, policies and institutions; and to discuss the political, economic, social, and cultural context from which they arise. Continue  

Argentina Higher Educators Exchange Program: Creating Linkages and Cooperation

Under today’s global landscape, education exchange has become an essential way to share cultures and facilitate collaboration among countries; it builds a bridge for cultural exchanges. To create more educational cooperation opportunities between the United States and Argentina, in February, Meridian International Center implemented an “Argentina Higher Educators Exchange Program” funded by the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires in Argentina. The Embassy invited nine Argentine higher educational representatives to take part in the program, including officials from the International Relation Offices of eight public and private universities and the Secretary of University Policy of the Argentine Ministry of Education....

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“My experience in Great Ecology, my placement organization” by Agustina Tierno, YLAI Alumn from Uruguay

Agustina Tierno is the founder and CEO of Bio-Observatories. She was one of 248 fellows participating in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) 2016, a professional fellows program that empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean. YLAI focuses on strengthening their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities. – October 11th, 2016, the first day I arrived at Great Ecology, I was kindly received by Jessa Spainhower and we talked about our backgrounds, expectations and possibilities for collaboration. I...

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