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Forth Worth group with teachers from
Mbabane Central High School during
their visit into the country.
Fort Worth- Mbabane Sister Cities Twinning Programme (2004)
This is the first relationship the City of Mbabane has established with a City
from the United States of America in the State of Texas. The City of Fort
Worth, visited South Africa and Swaziland seeking for a City to twin with. After
having visited a number of Cities in this South Africa (Pretoria, Buffalo City
and Cape Town) and in Swaziland (Mbabane), it came to the conclusion that it
will be interested in forging such relations with the City of Mbabane in
The formal signing of this relationship was done in Fort Worth by
the Mayor of Fort Worth Mr. Mike Moncrief and the Mayor of Mbabane, Clr.
Mr.Zephania Nkambule in 2004.This was to be the beginning of great
cooperation programme between the two Cities. [Note: Clr. Stands for
The sister city relations in Fort Worth is coordinated by a non-profit making
organization called the Fort Worth Sister Cities International (FWSCI).
The main programmes that have been sustained are;
"The Construction of the Nkwalini Health Centre with the assistance of funds
sourced by Fort Worth Sister Cities International (FWSCI) from the Bill and
Melinda Gate Foundation.
"The international Leadership Academy (ILA) that is held in Fort Worth in July
of every year. This is a programme which is attended by high School kids from
Cities that are members of the FWSCI. Mbabane has been sending students
from different schools since 2005 to this academy with the financial help from
partners of the FWSCI
"Fort Worth youth Ambassadors is a programme for young people in High
School to have an opportunity to learn and experience Swazi culture and life.
They visit Mbabane during the month of June each year.
International Leadership Academy
The International Leadership Academy (ILA) for high school students and Jr.
ILA for middle school students, is a dynamic summer leadership program that
brings Fort Worth students together with students from our sister cities. The
highly interactive curriculum celebrates global friendships between youth from
Italy, Germany, Japan, Indonesia, Hungary, Mexico, Swaziland and China.
Teachers, as well as local and international college interns, serve as
facilitators, working with the students to discuss and creatively resolve global
Offered each summer since 1989, ILA, the high school academy, is a two
week international issues forum pairing students from each of our sister cities,
together with Fort Worth youth. Students are housed in dorms on the TCU
campus where most class activities are conducted. More than 125 students
During a time of international conflict, ILA prepares youth to become global
leaders - developing cultural understanding, leadership and communication
skills. Through group activities the program is designed to facilitate dialogue
and build individual relationships without regard to cultural differences and
barriers, resulting in greater understanding and global activism.
The 2013 theme, The World in HD (high definition in techno lingo),
encourages students to explore views on how they see other cultures,
understand global influences and its impact on world peace - how different
people live in harmony and diversity. The academy takes place July 13-28,
Benefits of Attending
Enhance global leadership, communications, teamwork and problem
Learn about cultures, traditions and citizen diplomacy
Strengthen your global perspective and appreciation for other cultures
Enhance your college and career opportunities
Develop lifelong friendships with students from eight countries without
leaving Fort Worth
Fort Worth Youth Ambassadors
Open the door to the world and explore the history, languages, foods,
traditions and arts of one of Fort Worth's eight sister cities. Youth
Ambassadors from 8 - 12th grades develop an understanding of a country's
culture and its traditions. At the same time they represent their family, city and
country to the local schools, community centers and the sister city's officials
while learning the importance of global volunteerism by participating in
community service projects during the exchange.
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