For many students, the ability to write well helps determine not only their academic success, but also their access to opportunities outside of school.

In September, English Language Fellow Katherine Carter taught resume and essay writing to 60 Namibian students. The workshop could not have come at a better time, since most of the students will apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship in October. According to the Mandela Washington Fellowship website, “the Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative and embodies President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.” The prestigious fellowship flies African students to Washington, DC for six intensive weeks of executive leadership training, networking, and skills building.

Carter works with a group of students who will apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

Carter works with a group of students who will apply for the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

After the workshop in Namibia, one participant said, “I have learned how to advertise myself when writing my resume.” Another commented, “Now I have the skills to go about writing my own essay in October.”

In addition to leading a resume and essay writing workshop for students, Carter also trained the new American Corner Coordinator in report writing, accessing online resources, and teaching English webinars.

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