The American Corner in Kitwe is operated as a joint partnership with Copperbelt University (CBU). The Corner is housed within the school’s Dag Hammarskjold Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. It provides programming that supports the American Corner’s five core programs: English language learning, EducationUSA advising for study in the United States, exchange program alumni activities, cultural programs, and providing general information about the United States.
The American Corner is currently undergoing renovation and expansion to accommodate new programming. A dedicated Maker Space area is planned, with all of the materials necessary to conduct regular and on-going Maker Space activities. Users will learn about basic circuitry, computer coding, and robotics, among other activities. 3-D pens and a 3-D printer will be available to make original designs come to life.
A separate room in the Corner will house the library and an extensive collection of print media, focusing on topics such as American popular culture, finance, economics, politics, science, technology and more. A special print section comprising information about US college entrance exams, study abroad programs, and scholarship opportunities will also be available.
The library is expanding its online resources to include 20 e-readers loaded with popular fiction titles to support book clubs. Additionally, desktop computers and laptops will be available for surfing the internet, working on school assignments, or other general use. Members can also use the computer stations to view titles from the DVD collection. Choices will include historical documentaries, educational lectures, and popular American movies.
The American Corner at Kitwe will be an exciting addition to the embassy’s outreach mission and will create strong diplomatic ties between the U.S. and the students and community at CBU.