Building the professional capacity of African change-makers through education

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 A pre-departure briefing for 2020 Australia Awards scholars from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwean scholars was held in Lusaka, Zambia. The Third Secretary at the Australian Embassy, Zimbabwe (accredited to Malawi and Zambia), Alyce Kelsall, congratulated them on their selection for this competitive and prestigious Award. She affirmed that ‘The Australian Government, through Australia Awards, is promoting development through investing in education and training of African professionals.’

Australia Awards provides life-changing opportunities for African professionals like Hurst Mwewa, who has never travelled outside Africa, to grow their skills and knowledge through a qualification that makes a difference. ‘I look forward to experiencing the world-class education that I have heard about Australia’ said the biomedical scientist, working in the Ministry of Health in Zambia. He will undertake a Master of Infectious Diseases Intelligence from the University of New South Wales.

Joshua Mkwehiwa, a disability programs officer with the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare in Malawi, looks forward to learning how the “Australian government deals with disability issues, and what can be implemented in the African context.” He will pursue a Master of Disability Policy and Practice at Flinders University.

Australia Awards welcomes the change-leaders and wishes them a rewarding academic and personal experience in Australia.

Picture credit: Australia Awards-Africa scholars from Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia and Third Secretary at the Australian Embassy, Zimbabwe (front row, center).

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