Ouagadougou Welcomes U. S. English Fellows for the African Continent

U.S. Ambassador Dr. Tulinabo Mushingi personally thanked 16 English Language Fellows coming from all over the African continent who were in Ouagadougou February 10-14, 2015 for their Mid-Year Conference.  Ambassador Mushingi pointed out how important it was for Burkinabe to see, during their transition government, that the U.S. Government had the confidence to continue education programs in the country.  The unprecedented gathering of Fellows from as far away as the Comoros, Ethiopia, and Senegal allowed for considerable professional development and collaboration in planning for the remainder of their fellowships.  In addition, over eighty Burkina English teachers participated in a training workshop on February 14, 2015 led by the Fellows in collaboration with BETA (Burkina English Teachers Association).  Workshop topics covered some of the U. S. Government’s top priorities, including teaching 21st century skills, the empowerment of women, community outreach, and using cell phones as educational tools.  The workshop with local English teachers showed that Fellows are more than just English teachers, they are educational entrepreneurs empowering the future leaders of Africa.