Official Opening of the Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio

U.S. Consul General in Johannesburg, Mr. Christopher Rowan, will officially open a new, innovative educational facility at our Rosa Parks Library in Soweto.

Consul General Christopher Rowan will join a group of alumni of the TechWomen Exchange Program, the Rosa Parks Library Youth Club, and members of the local community, to open the new Innovation Studio at Rosa Parks Library in Soweto on January 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm.

Alongside the South African Government, the United States Mission to South Africa agrees that education underpins all of South Africa’s development goals.  We are always looking for ways to add value to South Africa’s efforts to further develop an educational system that unlocks the expertise, innovative spirit, and entrepreneurial capacity of South Africans across the country.

The Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio is an exciting new project designed to 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 the community.

The skills development programs we will be conducting include training in photography, videography, graphic design, web design and software and app coding, and helping high school students with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics.  The first phase of the Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio will be a training program on photography and photographic editing. We will launch the project in mid-February 2015 with a ten-week workshop with a professional photographer for 20 aspiring photographers from Soweto who will be selected based on a photograph submission.  At the end of the workshop, the participants’ best photographs will be displayed in the studio, and we will ask a panel of judges to select a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and award prizes for these.


Event Opening of the Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio

U.S. Consul General Christopher Rowan

TechWomen Mentors and Alumni

Rosa Parks Library Youth Club



Rosa Parks Library, Ipelegeng Community Centre,

1283 Phera & Dlamini Streets, White City, Jabavu, Soweto.



Official Opening of the Rosa Parks Library Innovation Studio



January 27, 2015, 2:30 – 3:30 pm



About Rosa Parks Library

The Rosa Parks American Library first opened its doors to the public in 1976, operating at the premises of the Orlando YMCA and moved to its present location at the Ipelegeng Community Center in 1985. Since its 1976 launch, the Rosa Parks Library has played an important role in offering information services and resources to the Soweto community.  The library activities place a special emphasis on youth development, entrepreneurship, and career and education support.

About the TechWomen Exchange Program

The State Department-sponsored TechWomen exchange program brings emerging women leaders in STEM-related fields from Africa and the Middle East together with professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program.  During the annual, five-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco area and travel to Washington, D.C. for targeted meetings and events.