You are here: International Relations Forth Worth group with teachers from Mbabane Central High School during their visit into the country. Fort Worth 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 Swaziland. 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 Councillor] 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 issues. 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 participate annually. 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, 2013. Benefits of Attending
  • Enhance global leadership, communications, teamwork and problem solving skills
  • 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 Source: academy 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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