On Monday December 9th, nine students from the Dream To Achieve came to Bard to see Ghanaian President John Mahama speak as part of the Inaugural Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum. He was part of a panel that focused on women’s role in African economic development. President Mahama addressed this topic in detail with a speech titled “Women in Africa: How the Other Half Lives.”
Also involved in the Leadership Forum was a tribute to honor the late Nelson Mandela, a traditional West African drum and dance ensemble, and talks from a group of other distinguished scholars on Africa. The DTA students were engaged by the event throughout its duration, and were even able to ask President Mahama two questions during an audience question and answer session. Afterwards, they continued to debate and discuss the opinions and information they had just been exposed to over dinner at Bard’s Campus Center.
Overall, it was a fantastic learning experience for this group of students from Hudson. For all of them, it was their first time seeing a head of state in person. The DTA After School Program is excited to return to Bard for a day of science workshops and to attend a men’s basketball game in January!