In honouring the life and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela, Canada didn't come South Africa this week bearing only condolences.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Wednesday the creation of new scholarship programs to foster development of a professional public service in African nations and studies in areas that were important to South Africa's transcendent leader.
“Nelson Mandela believed that education, more than anything else, improved the chances of leading a better life,” Harper said in announcing the scholarships in Pretoria after leading the Canadian delegation to view Mandela's body lying in state.
The African Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarships Fund is aimed at at giving African public-sector professionals early in their careers a chance to study in Canada.
The bureaucracies in many post-colonial African countries are plagued by endemic corruption and a lack of professionalism.
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