On Saturday, January 11, the 500,000th visitor to @america stepped through the doors of the U.S. Government’s high-tech cultural center in the Pacific Place Mall in Jakarta. Syarifah Rahma was recognized by Ambassador-designate Robert Blake and received a package of English and Indonesian language books on an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.
“We opened @america on December 10, 2010 and we have hosted over a half a million visitors for almost 2,000 events,” said Blake. “@america is part of the realization of President Obama’s dream to bring our two great countries closer together.”
Since opening its doors in December 2010, @america has utilized the latest technologies to engage, inform, and promote mutual understanding with emerging leaders and youth on issues of mutual interest to the United States and Indonesia. @america promotes exchange and discussion on issues like education, democracy, tolerance, entrepreneurship, technology, and environmental conservation. Open to the public with free events every day of the year, @america strives to strengthen the bonds between the United States and Indonesia.
Syarifah was visiting @america together with 120 English Access Microscholarship program participants for a summer camp. This program provides English language and leadership education for underrepresented young Indonesians from nine different sites across the archipelago.