ITC learn­er­ship stu­dents grad­u­ate

The Rep - - PRIME PROPERTY -

The de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Africa Learn re­cently cel­e­brated the grad­u­a­tion of 47 stu­dents who took part in an in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy (ICT) learn­er­ship for un­em­ployed youths in the Chris Hani dis­trict.

The grad­u­a­tion took place at the Gali Them­bani Cen­tre on Mon­day and con­sisted of 19 stu­dents from Ca­cadu and 28 from Ko­mani.

Fa­cil­i­ta­tor of end-user com­put­ing skills pro­gramme Buhle Jam-Jam said Africa Learn was a ser­vice provider com­mis­sioned by the Ed­u­ca­tion Train­ing De­vel­op­ment Prac­tices (ETDP) Seta who funded the pro­gramme to fa­cil­i­tate and teach ICT.

“We train and em­power un­em­ployed youth on soft­ware de­vel­op­ment, sys­tem sup­port, tech­ni­cal pro­gram­ming and end-user com­put­ing. The pro­gramme was di­vided into two: six months the­ory and six months prac­ti­cal and the stu­dents re­ceived a stipend.”

Nolu­vuyo So­cut­shana of the ETDP Seta said the cer­tifi­cates car­ried 136 points cred­its which would al­low stu­dents to ac­cess in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing or em­ploy­ment.

The chief ed­u­ca­tion spe­cial­ist from the ed­u­ca­tion de­part­ment, Buzani Kwepile, said the grad­u­ates were af­forded an op­por­tu­nity they needed to take ad­van­tage of.

“You were all un­em­ployed with noth­ing to do be­fore this pro­gramme, but here you are to­day with your fu­ture ahead of you. You need to set goals and en­sure you pur­sue them with the means to achieve. You each need to ask your­selves: ‘Where to from here?’ ”

Grad­u­ate Nqobile Mvula spoke on be­half of the stu­dents and thanked ETDP Seta, the de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tion and Africa Learn for the op­por­tu­nity to be part of the learn­er­ship.

“We know this pro­gramme will turn our lives around.”

Pic­ture: ANDISA BONANI

LEARN­ING CURVE: Nomthandazo Jeku re­ceived her ICT end-user com­put­ing cer­tifi­cate dur­ing the Africa Learn grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony, after com­plet­ing the course

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