On September 16, the U.S. Embassy’s 2014 Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) fellows donated scholastic materials to the children of Togolese prisoners for use in their 2015-2106 scholastic year. The event took place at Lomé’s College Notre Dame des Apôtres. The main theme of the program is “Hope” because, for the PAYLP fellows, when children receive a good education, there is hope for a brighter future. After the College Notre Dame des Apôtres school principal’s presentation on the importance of education, about 60 young students aged 6 to 12 each received a package of school items, including dozens of notebooks, rulers, pens, colored pencils, rulers.
The Pan-African Youth Leadership Program supports the U.S. Department of State’s goals of fostering regional cooperation on the continent, in addition to nurturing young leaders. Approximately 144 youth and adult participants travel to the United States in six separate, mixed-country delegations each year. To date, there are 10 Pan Arica Fellows from Togo, six who took part in 2014 and four in 2015. Earlier this year, the 2014 fellows created an English Club at the College Notre Dame des Apôtres, a demonstration of their commitment to promoting and learning the English language as a means to open doors to personal achievement and Togo’s prosperity.