In 2020, U.S. NGO Peripheral Vision International (PVI) launched the pan-African science, technology, engineering, and mathematics show, N*Gen, in response to school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The show’s goal of inspiring young people by exploring health, environment, agriculture, and technology issues aligned with U.S. objectives and allowed PVI to partner with Embassy Kampala. Season 2 opened with an episode on viruses and vaccines featuring CDC partners that supported COVID-19 response and two February episodes featured USAID programs to mitigate human-wildlife conflict. PVI brought to the partnership expertise in content creation, while the embassy utilized decades of investment in Uganda to identify featured institutions, activities, and experts. This free-to-air content is already inspiring youth in 15 African countries. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown (center at podium) delivered remarks at an event launching the second season of N*Gen.
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