U.S. Consulate Cape Town Pop-Up American Corner Initiative

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The U.S. Consulate in Cape Town launched its Pop-Up American Corner initiative in May 2018.  The project is modeled after the American Corner in Cape Town, a space where Americans, South Africans, and other global citizens can connect to exchange culture and ideas, learn 21st Century skills, create and innovate together.

Recognizing the strong appetite among South Africa’s youth, young adults, and entrepreneurs for more opportunities to learn critical global skills – especially in the townships and cities like Kimberley, East London, King William’s Town, George, and Knysna-- this initiative will offer quarterly “pop-up” programs and training on topics such as computer coding, entrepreneurship, 3D printing, leadership, and career-building. 

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In each location, we partner with the municipality and/or local NGOs to provide venues, wifi access, and help us build a dedicated audience for the program.  The U.S. Consulate covers the costs for instructors and guest speakers, their travel, and other related expenses to ensure that participation for members of the public is free of charge.

A schedule of proposed events is below.  This initiative will continue through the end of 2019 with additional programs.

IIP STEM Speaker Dr. Laura Taalman on 3D Printing
Kimberley

May 11 - 12

“Hidden Figures” Screening at Bertha Movie House
Khayelitsha

May 22

Entrepreneurship Workshop for Artists/Crafters Led by U.S. Exchange Program Alumna 

Tamburai Chirume

George

May 30 - 31

Computer Coding Bootcamp with CodeSpace
Kimberley

June 16 - 22

Computer Coding Bootcamp with CodeSpace
King William’s Town

June 23 - 29

IIP Speaker Anti-GBV/Bullying Shanterra McBride
Atlantis (Cape Town)

July 30 - 31

IIP Speaker Anti-GBV/Bullying Shanterra McBride
East London

August 1 -3

Follow-up Entrepreneurship Workshop for artists/crafters with alumna Tamburai Chirume

-George/Knysna

August 28-30

First Thursdays Event on Skills Required to Compete in the Digital Economy

-Langa (Cape Town)

September 6

Program TBC
-Kimberley

September 17-19

Entrepreneurship Workshop for Artists/Crafters

Led by U.S. Exchange Program Alumna 

Tamburai Chirume

-East London

September 19-20

Career Building/Job Skills with RLabs
-East London

TBC

Career Building/Job Skills with RLabs
-Kimberley

TBC

Career Building/Job Skills with RLabs
-George/Knysna

TBC

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