Baboki Kayawe, a journalist at Mmegi newspaper in Botswana and one of of the participants of WAN-IFRA’s Women in News (WIN) Programme, was recently admitted to Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) postgraduate programme in media management. Kayawe was awarded a full scholarship by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA),
I have always wanted to advance myself academically since I realised that having just an undergraduate qualification is not adequate. I could not afford to pay my own tuition fees, but I knew there were limitless opportunities; especially for women in the media to upgrade themselves. Last year, I felt that I was ready professionally to apply for some of these training opportunities since I had close to five-years’ experience in print media. I had already heard about the OSISA scholarship awarded to female journalists in the region through a colleague back in 2011, but I thought my portfolio was not rich enough to grant me a place at the programme back then.
It was late last year that I came across the call for applications through Frayintermedia’s Facebook page.
Lenah Kedikaetswe, Founding Editor of Pristine Online Magazine in Botswana and one of the participants of WAN-IFRA’s Women in News (WIN) Programme, was recently selected to participate in the prestigious Washington Fellowship, initiated by President Barack Obama, as part of the US’ Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).
The Washington Fellowship is a merits-based fellowship that aims to bring over 500 young African leaders from around the continent to the United States each year, beginning in 2014, for leadership training, academic coursework, and mentoring in the domains of public service, business and entrepreneurship and civic engagement. The programme hopes to create unique opportunities in Africa to put those new skills to practical use in propelling economic growth and prosperity and strengthening democratic institutions. [Read more...]