Students at the A-MAN, Inc. Headquarters STEM International (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Learning Center warmly welcomed a special visitor on Friday April, 28, 2015, as South Africa’s newly-appointed Ambassador to the United States of America, H.E. Ambassador Mninwa Mahlangu toured the state of the art facility and later held talks with Co-founders Dr. Bettye and Hal Walker.
President Nelson Mandela in 1998 personally asked the Walkers to make him a promise to assist and inspire the children of that country to study science and become the new generation of innovators, scientists, teachers and engineers. To meet this great challenge the Walkers utilized their own A-MAN science education models along with the broad humanitarian resources of Rotary International as members of the Inglewood Rotary Club. Thousands of 6 to 18 years of age girls and boys in townships have benefited and many continue to graduate from colleges and universities. The Ambassador gave the Walkers his countries grateful thanks for “A Promise Kept”.
This Ambassadorial visit to Los Angeles is the first in the 21st Century since the fall of the Apartheid government in 1994 by a South African Ambassador. His presence heralds a new global and strategic educational based alliance and partnership between A-MAN, Inc. and the students of South Africa. For over twenty years A-MAN has been deeply involved in promoting and implementing science and technology educational sites across the U.S. and South Africa. Plans call for new additional STEM centers and expansion to other countries in Africa.
The A-MAN, Inc. STEM International agency is a 501(c) (3) Corporation founded in 1991. The mission is:
To utilize (STEM) Science, Technology, Engineering, Math related projects as a motivational tool and advance the educational achievement, and the intellectual and career development of African-American, Latino other minority student’s pre K-12th grade. A-MAN, Inc. also seeks partnerships with individuals and institutions who share the vision to increase diversity in the special interest fields of science and technology.