The United States Embassy Public Affairs Section, in partnership with the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), have unveiled plans to construct a new American Space in Bulawayo that will house a library, an EducationUSA advising service, as well as equipment designed to foster imagination, innovation, and collaboration among young Zimbabweans.
Announcing the new partnership at a reception, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe D. Bruce Wharton said the new American Space will create a center for the people of Bulawayo and surrounding regions to come together and create new technology and new partnerships.
“American Spaces exemplify the U.S. commitment to a core tenet of democracy: a citizen’s right to free access to information,” said Ambassador Wharton. “Through this new space, we aim to provide the Zimbabwean people with information about the United States—its history, culture, society, and values as well as foster people-to-people connections, increase understanding, and build respect with local audiences through cultural programs.”
The new American Space in Bulawayo is one of four such spaces in Zimbabwe, including the American Spaces in Mutare, Gweru, and the Information Resource Center based at the Embassy’s Eastgate offices in Harare. The American Space in Bulawayo will aim to reach out to students in other universities in the region, including Lupane State University, Solusi University, the Bulawayo Polytechnic, and the Catholic University. “Our goal is to engage audiences with compelling learning environments that welcome spontaneous interaction, shared ideas, and warm conversations,” said Ambassador Wharton.