Official Opening of the Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio

Consul General Christopher Rowan cutting the ribbon, helped by, from left to right, Ms. Jennifer Martin - TechWomen; Ms. Mathapelo Sekwai - Youth Club member; and Ms. Seithati Mabuya - Teacher
Consul General Christopher Rowan cutting the ribbon, helped by, from left to right, Ms. Jennifer Martin – TechWomen; Ms. Mathapelo Sekwai – Youth Club member; and Ms. Seithati Mabuya – Teacher

Exciting skills development opportunity in Soweto!!  U.S. Consul General Christopher Rowan opened the “Innovation Studio” at our Rosa Parks Library in Soweto this week, launching a new project that will put valuable skills in the hands of young South Africans in Soweto – skills that can help them to build a brighter future for themselves and their communities.  He was joined by members of the Rosa Parks Library Youth Club, teachers from nearby schools, and other community members, along with mentors and alumni of the U.S.-supported TechWomen exchange program.

Advances in information technology, social media, and digital communication offer exciting opportunities for new jobs and entrepreneurial activities, but they demand more technical skills than ever before.  Our efforts will begin with a 10-week photography workshop in February.  In the future, we plan to offer workshops in videography, graphic design, web

CG Rowan chatting to members of the Youth Club during the official opening of the Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio
CG Rowan chatting to members of the Youth Club during the official opening of the Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio

design, coding and app development, 3D printing, electronics, jewelry making, paper crafts and more.  We will also help high school students with Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, using iPads pre-loaded with educational apps.