News — July 18, 2002
4th JCI African Academy?Promoting Leadership and Understanding
The fourth African Academy, hosted by Kenya Junior Chamber, began on July 16, 2002, at the Utalii Hotel in Nairobi. Representing 12 countries in Africa, 16 participants are taking part in the Academy, which shall run until July 19. At the opening ceremony, JCI President Salvi Batlle motivated Africa?s young leaders to give their best during the Academy. He also shared his vision for Junior Chamber and thanked Academy organizers for their commitment to make this event a success.
Also present at the event is JCI Vice President Henry Loo, a pioneer of the first African Academy in 1999, who is assigned to Kenya. Demonstrating his commitment to Africa, he is a symbol of how the Academy can help build strong and devoted leaders. Academy participants will benefit from outstanding trainers, such as 1995 JCI Vice President Karen Smthye from Australia, acting as head coach; Bhavna Shah, whose commitment to training is commendable; Harit Sheth, the brain behind the advent of the African Academy; and past JCI Executive Vice President Atul Khosla. The 4th African Academy shall make history as the first-ever bilingual Academy with five French-speaking delegates in attendance. The countries represented in the Academy include Botswana, Cote d?Ivoire, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, and Uganda. Opening Ceremony Highlights Participants enjoyed a Twinning Ceremony between Jeune Chambre Economique du Beau-Basin from Mauritius and Safari Junior Chamber from Kenya. Five new members were sworn-in by JCI President Batlle, and delegates witnessed the cutting of the cake marking the 26th anniversary of Safari Junior Chamber. Academy Objectives The objectives of the JCI African Academy are: ? To provide leadership training for future local, national, and international leaders; ? To promote fellowship, peace, and unity in Africa through the Academy participants; ? To provide a forum to discuss problems faced by African Junior Chambers; and ? To promote multicultural diversity and understanding among Academy participants. Who Can Participate The JCI African Academy is open only to Junior Chamber members who are African citizens and residents. Each participant must be between the ages of 18 and 35, be a current member in good standing in his or her LOM and NOM, and must have been a member for more than one calendar or fiscal year. Moreover, he or she must commit to serve his or her LOM or NOM upon graduation.