The Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports has announced it will implement the new Nasser Fellowship for African Leadership, which will take place from 8 to 22 June in Cairo.
The fellowship targets 100 young leaders from the African Union member states, including decision-makers in the government sector, executive leaders in the private sector, civil society activists, heads of national councils for youth, faculty members at universities, researchers in strategic research centres, members of trade unions, and journalists.
The aim of the fellowship is to transfer the long-established Egyptian experience in national institution-building and to create a new generation of transformational African leadership, whose vision is in line with the orientations of Egypt's presidency of the African Union.
The fellowship is one of the mechanisms to implement the Million by 2021 initiative, launched to empower and develop young people in Africa by building the capacities of one million young Africans in the areas of education, employment, entrepreneurship and participation by 2021.
The fellowship also comes in 2019, which President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has said will be the year of education.
Participants must be Africans; Egyptian citizens and residents are excluded.