CAJ News Agency Johannesburg Nairobi Maria Macharia
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A new breed of leaders has emerged following the graduation of a number of youths in a one-year leadership training aimed at drive social change within the East African region.

The fifth graduation ceremony of the Acumen East Africa Fellows Programme that saw fellows from Ethiopia, Kenya Rwanda and Uganda capped in Nairobi.

Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Acumen, Jacqueline Novogratz, says the event is another great milestone for the Acumen community.

« We have yet another class of fellows equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge that will enable them to catalyze sustainable social initiatives within their communities, » says Novogratz.

The Acumen East Africa Fellows Programme is tailor-made for emerging leaders who are driving social change within their region.

Focusing on the energy, agriculture, technology, literacy, arts, gender, health, justice, education, child empowerment and disabled person’s rights sectors, Acumen has partnered with Kenya Commercial Bank and Safaricom to enrich the programme.

CEO Safaricom, Bob Collymore, says the company is keen to see the new breed of African leaders develop with a wholesome outlook on all sectors that impact the African economy.

« It is time for us to see homegrown solutions taking effect to enrich the region’s economic stability and advancement, » says Collymore.

Supporting this fellowship is critical to KCB, CEO Joshua Oigara, says.

« With such initiatives, we will see the East Africa region develop economically and socially aiding in eradicating issues that face the East Africa region such as poverty and hunger, » says Oigara.