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Young African Leaders Initiative Discussion Held at UVA

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Panel of speakers take questions from members of Young African Leaders Iniative Panel of speakers take questions from members of Young African Leaders Iniative
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

Former senator John Warner was at the University of Virginia Friday, joining a select group of Africa’s next generation of leaders for a discussion on the art of bipartisanship.

The discussion is part of a six-week White House program called the Young African Leaders Initiative. It brings 500 Washington fellows from Africa to learn about American democracy. Twenty-five of the fellows were in Charlottesville Friday. The delegation included young leaders from 18 countries in Africa.

The students took turns asking questions about American democracy, and offering comments about how government in their countries differed. They wanted to learn more about political bipartisanship because most say their home countries are plagued by single-party systems that do not promote debate.

A panel of speakers with experience in American politics, including the former senator, offered advice on how a growing government can adapt to being involved on the world stage.

"We also have a dramatic technological advancement throughout the world, all types of things, but we don't have the needed raw materials to build them, and the African continent provides both. These wonderful leaders are here today, ostensibly, to learn from us, but I’m anxious to learn from them." Warner stated.

Panel members say, with the majority of Africa’s population under the age of 35, a movement that focuses on youth is critical to making true change happen.

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