From 17-19 September 2014, the United States Africa Command donated over $50,000 in educational materials to support the South African Government’s effort to improve education opportunities for children from lower quintile schools in the Republic of South Africa.
As part of the government’s socio-economic development strategy, the Youth Development Program focuses on promoting education, and connecting learners with higher learning institutions, opportunities, and interested industries and organizations. The children who received the donations hailed from numerous disadvantaged urban and rural South African public schools.
Over 3,000 children benefited from the program. The children received science kits which included scientific calculators, math instruments and drawing sets. In addition to receiving the donated materials from AFRICOM, students participated in over 20 exhibitions, some manned by the 22 American volunteers from the U.S. Embassy, Pretoria.
The Youth Development Program was executed on the periphery of the African Aerospace and Defense Expo, which takes place every other year in South Africa.
This year the United States military was able to showcase our total-force team with participation of a C-17 Globemaster III from the New York National Guard, an Army RQ-7B Shadow, a C-130J from Ramstein AFB, and with multiple performances by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe's Dixieland Jazz Band and the U.S. Army Golden Knights demonstration jump team. The participation of the United States in this program shows the importance of the relationship with our Strategic Partner, the Republic of South Africa.