The Mae Jemison US Science Reading Room
The Mae Jemison US Science Reading Room was opened at the Mamelodi Campus by the US Ambassador to South Africa, Mr Eric M. Bost, and the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Pretoria, Professor Calie Pistorius. As a result to a partnership between the University of Pretoria and the United States Embassy in Pretoria, learners such as Donald Thabang from Meetse A Bophelo Primary School in Mamelodi, can have access to a science education facility within the community.
The Reading Room is named after the first African-American woman astronaut, Dr Mae Jemison. The facility was established at a cost of R2.5 million and is aimed at boosting the education of students in the community about science and related subjects.
“I want to thank our sponsors - the American Embassy and the University of Pretoria. On behalf of all the children in Mamelodi, I say a big thank you for this wonderful reading room. I love reading and learning about science. God bless you,” concluded Thabang.
MESSAGE FROM THE HEART: Ms Rudi Horak and Prof Anton Ströh with learners at the new science facility.